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Chile, oblivion, post dictatorship, remediation, image, graphic novel, film, novel, simulacra, post memory, memory

Major Advisor

Jacqueline Loss

Associate Advisor

Miguel Gomes

Associate Advisor

Guillermo Irizarry

Associate Advisor

Eduardo Urios- Aparisi

Field of Study

Literatures, Languages, and Cultures


Doctor of Philosophy

Open Access

Campus Access


This dissertation is a study of Chilean cultural products including a novel, documentaries, film, and graphic novels published during the first part of the twenty-first century. I examine the process of memory and oblivion in postdictatorship and postmemory generations (Hirsch, 1997). This analysis gives insight into how sociopolitical and economical changes affect the way these different generations interact with the memory of the trauma, and turn into oblivion or forgetting.

The examination of the works is based on a corpus of theories developed by scholars of sociological, political and psychological phenomena (Baudrillard, 1978, 1991; Deuze, 2006; Fornazzari, 2013; Landsberg, 2004; Nora, 1996; Sontag, 1978) at specific moments of traumatic human experiences in the last decades of the twentieth century and the twenty-first. The most important of these theorists is the French cultural anthropologist Marc Augé (1998), who explains three types of forgetting and the effects these have on a society.

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