Beyond the Corpse-Barbarian: The Radical (Mexican) Grammar of Death in the Works of Teresa Margolles and Sergio González Rodríguez

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Law and Literature


Abstract, This article analyzes early works by Teresa Margolles (Lengua, 2000) and Sergio González Rodríguez (Huesos en el desierto, 2002) in terms of necrowriting, that is, a grammar among and for the dead in the wake of the Mexican War on Drugs, which aims at resisting the predatory power of exacerbated neoliberalism that sustains the conflict. On the basis of Margolles’ and González Rodríguez’ early necrowriting techniques, the article develops a jurisprudential critique of the systemic violence suffered by people in contemporary Mexico in order to outline a robust notion of political mourning.

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