The Rigoberta Menchu Controversy

Menchú, Rigoberta

Rigoberta Menchú (rē´gōbĕr´tä mĕnchōō´), 1959–, Guatemalan social reformer. Of Mayan descent, she and her family were caught in Guatemala's bloody civil war. Protesters against human-rights abuses, her father, mother, and younger brother were killed by Guatamalan soldiers, and in 1981 Menchú fled the country and settled in Mexico. At home and abroad, she has worked to secure and protect the rights of indigenous peoples in her country and to promote intercultural peace. For her efforts, Menchú was awarded the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize. In 1998 her autobiographical I, Rigoberta Menchú (1983) was attacked as partly fabricated, provoking international controversy. She was a candidate for the Guatemalan presidency in 2007 and 2011, but won only 3% of the vote both times.

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The Rigoberta Menchu Controversy: Selected full-text books and articles

The Rigoberta Menchu Controversy By Arturo Arias University of Minnesota Press, 2001
Trouble for Rigoberta By Zarembo, Alan Newsweek International, June 21, 1999
Rigoberta Menchu: From Peace Prize to Controversy By Eric Unmacht, The Christian Science Monitor, August 24, 1999
Scandals and Scoundrels: Seven Cases That Shook the Academy By Ron Robin University of California Press, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Six "Rigoberta Menchú and the Making of the Maya Holocaust"
Woman as Witness: Essays on Testimonial Literature by Latin American Women By Linda S. Maier; Isabel Dulfano Peter Lang, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "The Crying Game: Rigoberta Menchú and the Responsibilities of Testimonio Criticism" begins on p. 21
Women of Color: Defining the Issues, Hearing the Voices By Diane Long Hoeveler; Janet K. Boles Greenwood Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Bearing Subaltern Witness: Rigoberta Menchu's Testimonio and Our Human Identity"
The Social Conscience of Latin American Writing By Naomi Lindstrom University of Texas Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Testimonial Narrative: Whose Text?"
Untruth in Academe By Lee, Kenneth The American Enterprise, Vol. 10, No. 3, May 1999
Dealing with Academic Conflicts in the Classroom: I, Rigoberta Menchu as a Case Study By Reid, Donald Teaching History: A Journal of Methods, Vol. 31, No. 1, Spring 2006
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