Title banner: testimonio's roots

Testimonio became the center of international academic debate when anthropologist David Stoll attacked the testimonio of Rigoberta Menchú, a Quiche Maya activist and Nobel Peace Laureate from Guatemala as factually inaccurate.  Menchú defended her book, saying that the testimonio was not her story, but the story of her people, and that all of the events included happened to someone in her community and consequently were part of her story         too.  The book, I Rigoberta Menchú         continues to be a focal point for                 	debadebates about the merits and failings o testimoiotes about the merits and   	  failings of  testimonio            

Testimonio includes a diverse corpus of literature prompted by periods of intense social and political upheaval throughout Latin America, including the Cuban Revolution (1959), the Bay of Pigs/ Invasión de Girón (1961), the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua (1979), Indigenous human rights struggles in Guatemala and the military dictatorships that dominated the Southern cone in the late 1970s and early 1980s (Yudice 20).  While the impulse to write testimonio has been triggered by an array of circumstances, most of the works share the following characteristics:

The diversity of works classified as testimonio as well as its nontraditional structure have been the impetus for several debates within academia, including the following:


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