The Margin at the Center: On Testimonio (Testimonial Narrative)

  title={The Margin at the Center: On Testimonio (Testimonial Narrative)},
  author={John Beverley},
  journal={MFS Modern Fiction Studies},
  pages={11 - 28}
  • J. Beverley
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • Art
  • MFS Modern Fiction Studies
Do social struggles give rise to new forms of literature, or is there more a question of the adequacy of their representation in existing narrative forms like the short story or the novel as in, for example, Gayatri Spivak's articulations of the stories of the Bengali writer Mahasweta Devi or the debate around Fredric Jameson's notion of national allegory in Third World writing?2 What happens when, as in the case of Western Europe since the Renaissance, there has been a complicity between the… 

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