I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala | Critical Review by Alice Brittin

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala.
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Critical Review by Alice Brittin

SOURCE: Brittin, Alice. “Close Encounters of the Third World Kind: Rigoberta Menchú and Elisabeth Burgos's Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú.Latin American Perspectives 22, no. 4 (fall 1995): 100–114.

In the following review, Brittin examines the dynamic that Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú—which is considered to be a Central American testimonio—creates between the subject and reader.

Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú: Y así me nació la conciencia is generally regarded as a paradigmatic example of Central American testimonio. In this first-person narrative of novel length, Rigoberta Menchú, a semiliterate Maya Quiché from the Guatemalan highlands, tells her life story to Elisabeth Burgos, a professionally trained ethnographer who, rendering Rigoberta's oral history in written form, acts as both mediator to the reading public...

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