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Maria Theresia Starzmann and John R. Roby

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061603

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061603.001.0001

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The Memory Market

The Memory Market

Black Women’s Stories and the Legacy of the South African TRC

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Excavating Memory

Nontsasa Nako

University Press of Florida

Touted as a radical historical space where previously marginalized voices would take center stage in creating a new egalitarian nation that respects all its citizens, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) centralized victim's experiences of oppression. Black women's narratives of pain and trauma were at the core of the commission's work, which perpetuates stereotypes about black women as weak, helpless, and in need of outside intervention. This chapter follows the trajectories of some of the stories told by and about black women at the TRC, noting how black women's stories have been used as raw materials for intellectual analyses in ways that do nothing to change the unequal power relations that present these narratives for scholarly and artistic use in the first place. Nako concludes with Judith Mason's critically engaged memory work to demonstrate how stories of harm can be used fairly without freezing witnesses in the past.

Keywords:   Trauma, Black Women, Truth and Reconciliation, Witnessing

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