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Scratched from Memory: the 1986 Prison Massacres and the limits of Acceptable Memory Discourse in Post-Conflict Peru

Willis, D; (2020) Scratched from Memory: the 1986 Prison Massacres and the limits of Acceptable Memory Discourse in Post-Conflict Peru. Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies , 29 (2) pp. 231-250. 10.1080/13569325.2020.1771687. Green open access

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Abstract

In this article, I seek to demonstrate how the 1986 massacre of nearly 250 at El Frontón and Lurigancho prisons can shed light on the political and social exclusion faced by Shining Path militants, during and since Peru’s internal armed conflict (1980–2000). I will analyse how Peruvian prisons have been historically used as sites of exclusion for political opponents of the Peruvian state. Then, through an analysis of literary responses to the massacres and the wider conflict, I will demonstrate how cultural producers have sought to recover Shining Path memories of violence, in order to highlight both the persistent socioeconomic conditions that precipitated Shining Path’s insurrection and the continuing impunity for perpetrators of state violence. Finally, I will show that the recuperation of Shining Path memories in literary sources is undermined by the continuing silence of El Frontón in Lima’s memoryscape, and say what this tells us about the limits of acceptable memory discourse in present day Peru.

Type: Article
Title: Scratched from Memory: the 1986 Prison Massacres and the limits of Acceptable Memory Discourse in Post-Conflict Peru
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13569325.2020.1771687
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569325.2020.1771687
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Prison massacres, cultural memory, political violence, Shining Path, Peruvian literature, internal armed conflict
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10115500
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