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‘2 October Is Not Forgotten’: Tlatelolco 1968 Massacre and Social Memory Frameworks

Carpenter, Victoria (2017) ‘2 October Is Not Forgotten’: Tlatelolco 1968 Massacre and Social Memory Frameworks. In: Göttsche, Dirk, (ed.) Memory and Postcolonial Studies: Synergies and New Directions across Literatures from Europe, Africa and the Americas. Oxford; Bern, Peter Lang (In Press)

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Abstract

The massacre of a student demonstration in La Plaza de las Tres Culturas, in the Tlatelolco district of Mexico City, on 2 October 1968, has been the subject of many debates, studies, and literary works, whose aim is to keep the event alive in the collective memory and to tell ‘the truth’ about what happened that night. But is this aim achieved by any Tlatelolco discourse? Probably not. Nor, as I argue, is it necessary. What, then, is the function of the Tlatelolco discourses? Is it a matter of the state and popular discourses being at loggerheads in their respective claims to accuracy and ‘truth’? Or is it something else, led not by the search for truth, but by the need for emotional reconciliation? This essay is an in-depth case study of the narratives of the massacre from the perspective of the theory of posthegemony and Maurice Halbwachs’ studies of social memory frameworks. By focusing in such detail on the way the massacre is represented in the contemporary media, the essay determines how memory builds on narratives that emerge in the response to political violence in the modern media society. The most successful narratives are built on the emotions released immediately when the affect wave ‘crests’, so that those emotions are the strongest and the most relevant to the moment of affect and change of habit.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: In Press
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
School/Department: Academic Development Directorate
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2412

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