Book Review of Queering Acts of Mourning in the Aftermath of Argentina’s Dictatorship: The Performances of Blood

31 Aug 2017

The topic of post-authoritarian memory and mourning in Argentina has accreted a robust literature in recent years. Queering Acts of Mourning in the Aftermath of Argentina’s Dictatorship adds an original perspective to this body of work, providing a revisionist and theoretically informed account of the politics of memory in Argentina. A performance studies scholar, Cecilia Sosa constructs a diverse archive, including literary, theatrical, and cookery ‘performances’, from which she arrives at a bold and provocative thesis: recent artistic and organizational attempts to work through the trauma inflicted by the authoritarian state are creating ‘an expanded collection of pleasure’ (p. 2) among a community of mourners that extends beyond bloodline relatives of the disappeared alone.