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Stories of Civil War in El Salvador: A Battle over Memory

Erik Ching

Abstract

El Salvador's civil war began in 1980 and ended twelve bloody years later. It saw extreme violence on both sides, including the terrorizing and targeting of civilians by death squads, recruitment of child soldiers, and the death and disappearance of more than 75,000 people. Examining El Salvador's vibrant life-story literature written in the aftermath of this terrible conflict—including memoirs and testimonials—Erik Ching seeks to understand how the war has come to be remembered and rebattled by Salvadorans and what that means for their society today. Ching identifies four memory communities t ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Life-Story Literature, Memoirs, Testimonials, Narrative Battle, Memory Communities, Post-Conflict Society, National Trauma

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469628660
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628660.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erik Ching, author