Memory Mapping: Affect, Place, and Testimony in El Lugar Más Pequeño (2011)

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Abstract

This article examines the Salvadoran documentary El Lugar Más Pequeño (The Tiniest Place, 2011) and argues that the film gives new insight into the complicated spaces and practices of memory post-transition and post-conflict through a process I call ‘memory mapping,’ which I define as the aesthetic process of representing the affective, polyvocal, layered relationship between past, present, and place as experienced by individuals and the communities in which they live. Engaging primarily with affect and memory theory, I contend that the film maps post-conflict memory in two specific ways: first, through testimony, and second, through an exploration of the relationship between memory and place. Ultimately, I argue that memory mapping sheds new light on how the aftermath of conflict – the physical, but also the emotional ruination caused by violence – is negotiated in the everyday of human life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-595
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Latin American Cultural Studies
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Affect
  • documentary film
  • El Salvador
  • haunting
  • memory
  • place
  • post-conflict
  • testimony

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History

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