AmLit - American Literatures, Issue 1.1, Testimonial Encounters in the Americas

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American History / Studies, Humanities, Literature

This special issue of AmLit - American Literatures presents four essays that explore narratives by ethnic Americans diversifying testimonial studies through the frames of migration, resettlement, and social justice. Through careful attention to form, each contributor examines how contemporary testimonial aesthetics have played a crucial yet overlooked role in amplifying the voices of those who suffer under the conditions of neoliberal globalization. The articles address the diverse life writing works of Vehanush Tekian, Hrayr Eulmessekian, and Ara Madzounian [Chahinian], ​​Tarfia Faizullah [Reimer], Maya Chinchilla [Deckman], and ​​Carmen Aguirre [Lael Netzer]. The issue draws attention to the ways that scholars of American literatures can re-examine how we position ourselves in relation to the decolonial knowledge that is at the heart of testimonial writing.

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