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ERIC Number: EJ984425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
We, Rigoberta's Excuse-Makers
Patai, Daphne
Academic Questions, v25 n2 p190-208 Jun 2012
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the controversy surrounding Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchu constituted one of the most interesting--and acrimonious--academic debates to take place in recent decades. It may seem that not much new can be said about it now, for most every single person weighing in on the subject has already spoken, and that includes Rigoberta Menchu herself, Elisabeth Burgos, David Stoll, and the many writers and scholars who participated in the debate years ago. But this is a story that keeps coming back, and hence it is worth reviewing. In this article, the author describes the immediate, vituperative, and ongoing reaction to Stoll's conscientious research--and eventually to Stoll himself. Today, Stoll continues to be vilified, while Menchu's fictionalized past, defended as postmodern truth, continues to be retold as nonfiction. (Contains 45 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Guatemala