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Historia Crítica

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ANTEZANA BARRIOS, Lorena  and  MATEOS-PEREZ, Javier. Constructing Memory: The Dictatorship Seen through TV Fiction in Chile (2011). hist.crit. [online]. 2017, n.66, pp.109-128. ISSN 0121-1617.

During the commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of the military coup d'état in Chile, several new fiction programs that appeared on TV had repercussions in the public sphere. One of them was the series Los archivos del Cardenal. The case study of said series, which was considered good quality fiction, makes it possible to address the relation between TV fiction, memory, and recent history. The series presents very select, simplified messages about history, but also makes it possible to illustrate real episodes in a captivating way and to visualize topics that had been silenced during the transition to democracy. Thus, this article shows that TV series are a format that complements the representation of the history of important events for a given society. Concretely, Los archivos del Cardenal constructs a story about the dictatorship from the viewpoint of the political opposition and proposes a collective memory in concordance with it.

Keywords : television program; collective memory; dictatorship; Human Rights; fiction.

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