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Anne Monroe Lambright
Trinity College (Hartford, CT 06106-3100)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

[Grant products][Prizes]

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2012 – 7/31/2013

Andean Truths: Transitional Justice, Ethnicity, and Cultural Production in Post-Shining Path Peru

Andean Truths is a book-length study of how literature, drama, film, and visual arts contest the narrative of recovery constructed by Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Peru's TRC drew upon predecessors that provided a highly scripted model of truth-gathering and national healing, in which a predetermined collective mourning, catharsis, and reconciliation would move the nation forward in a consensually-determined fashion. The Peruvian case proves this model insufficient for arriving at the "truth" of a national trauma that primarily affected disenfranchised ethnic groups. To call into question state-sponsored transitional justice efforts, I examine creative cultural products that highlight ethnicity and cultural heterogeneity. What many creative works provide are visions of the period that resist consumption, challenge dominant understandings of the era and question the nation's ability to overcome its collective trauma without reviewing dominant cultural paradigms.