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Stories That Make History

Subtitle: Mexico through Elena Poniatowska’s Crónicas
Author: Lynn Stephen
Publication Date: 10/22/21
Language: English
Book webpage: https://www.dukeupress.edu/stories-that-make-history
Abstract: From covering the massacre of students at Tlatelolco in 1968 and the 1985 earthquake to the Zapatista rebellion in 1994 and the disappearance of forty-three students in 2014, Elena Poniatowska has been one of the most important chroniclers of Mexican social, cultural, and political life. In Stories That Make History, Lynn Stephen examines Poniatowska's writing, activism, and political participation, using them as a lens through which to understand critical moments in contemporary Mexican history. Through her crónicas—narrative journalism written in a literary style featuring first-hand testimonies—Poniatowska told the stories of Mexico's most marginalized people. Throughout, Stephen shows how Poniatowska helped shape Mexican politics and forge a multigenerational political community committed to social justice. In so doing, she presents a biographical and intellectual history of one of Mexico's most cherished writers and a unique history of modern Mexico.
Subject Keywords: Elena Poniatowska, Mexican history, crónicas, biography
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Publisher's URL: https://www.dukeupress.edu/
Number of Pages: 328
ISBN: 978-1-4780-1464-5