The Labor of Literature
Democracy and Literary Culture in Modern Chile
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
By examining alternative literary publications, Griffin recasts the seventeen-year Pinochet dictatorship as a time of editorial experimentation despite widespread cultural oppression and shows how grassroots cultural activism has challenged government-approved corporate publishing models throughout the postdictatorship period. Griffin's work also points to the growing importance of autogestión, or do-it-yourself cultural production, where individuals combine artisanal forms with new technologies to make and share creative work on a global scale.
"A smart, engaging analysis of emergent forms of literary production and distribution in the context of Chile's violent dictatorship, radical neoliberal restructuring of the economy, and eventual transition to democracy, this book is thoughtful and well written, breaking vital new ground in Latin American cultural studies."—Alice Nelson, author of Political Bodies: Gender, History, and the Struggle for Narrative Power in Recent Chilean Literature
"This book presents a renewed perspective on a specific aspect of the Chilean cultural scene during the post-dictatorship period, and is a much valued contribution."—Journal of Latin American Studies