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Tainted WitnessWhy We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives$
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Leigh Gilmore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231177146

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231177146.001.0001

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Jurisdictions and Testimonial Networks

Jurisdictions and Testimonial Networks

Rigoberta Menchú

(p.59) 2 Jurisdictions and Testimonial Networks
Tainted Witness

Leigh Gilmore

Columbia University Press

Chapter two traces Rigoberta Menchú’s search for an adequate witness from the interview she gave that became an international best seller to her recent vindication in Guatemalan court. The chapter goes on to identify and analyze two histories – the history of scandal and the history of testimony – as Menchú’s life story and life work move from book to documentary film to court. Finally the chapter theorizes that by following both histories, we can better understand how testimony travels within a network, how it halts or continues, and how multiple audiences receive it.

Keywords:   Rigoberta Menchú, Jurisdictions, Trauma, Scandal, Guatemala, Testimonio, Genre

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