Unwanted Witnesses

Journalists and Conflict in Contemporary Latin America

Polit-Dueñas’s path breaking study gives us a unique insight into the testimonies, fieldwork practices and subjectivity of women journalists who have dared to oppose silence and complicity, crime and impunity, social amnesia and indifference, and who are necessarily performing an essential communicative and political task in Latin America today.
Ignacio Corona, coeditor of Gender Violence at the U.S.-Mexico Border: Media Representation and Public Response

Gabriela Polit Dueñas analyzes the work of five narrative journalists from three countries. Marcela Turati, Daniela Rea, and Sandra Rodriguez from Mexico, Patricia Nieto from Colombia, and María Eugenia Ludueña from Argentina produce compelling literary works, but also work under dangerous, intense conditions. What drives and shapes their stories are their affective responses to the events and people they cover. The book offers an insightful analysis of the emotional challenges, the stress and traumatic conditions journalists face when reporting on the region’s most pressing problems. It combines ethnographic observations of the journalists’ work, textual analysis, and a theoretical reflection on the ethical dilemmas journalists confront on a daily basis. Unwanted Witnesses puts forward a necessary discussion about the place contemporary journalists occupy in the field of production, and how the risks they run speak directly about the limits of our democracies.

176 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

September, 2019

isbn : 9780822945833

about the author

Gabriela Polit Dueñas

Gabriela Polit Dueñas is associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Cosas de hombres: Escritores y caudillos en la literatura latinoamericana del siglo XX and the coeditor of Meanings of Violence in Contemporary Latin America.

learn more
Gabriela Polit Dueñas