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Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country - Rivera Garza, Cristina

Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country - Rivera Garza, Cristina

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Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country by Rivera Garza, Cristina

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Published by The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2020

Grieving is a hybrid collection of short crónicas, journalism, and personal essays on systemic violence in contemporary Mexico and along the US-Mexico border. Drawing together literary theory and historical analysis, she outlines how neoliberalism, corruption, and drug trafficking-culminating in the misnamed “war on drugs”-has shaped her country. Working from and against this political context, Cristina Rivera Garza posits that collective grief is an act of resistance against state violence, and that writing is a powerful mode of seeking social justice and embodying resilience. She states: “As we write, as we work with language-the humblest and most powerful force available to us-we activate the potential of words, phrases, sentences. Writing as we grieve, grieving as we write: a practice able to create refuge from the open. Writing with others. Grieving like someone who takes refuge from the open. Grieving, which is always a radically different mode of writing.”

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