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Couture and ConsensusFashion and Politics in Postcolonial Argentina$
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Regina A. Root

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816647934

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816647934.001.0001

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Uniform Consensus

Uniform Consensus

(p.1) One Uniform Consensus
Couture and Consensus

Regina A. Root

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines Esteban Echeverría’s literary work “El matadero” (“The Slaughterhouse”) and its political implications in Argentina. “El matadero” is a story of a Unitarian who refrained from wearing the crimson clothing that signified federalist power. Also, the literary work reflects Argentina’s opposition against the brutal methods employed by Federalist sympathizers to silence the opposition, as well as the growth of identity politics between the elite and masses, and between the concepts of civilization and barbarism. “El matadero” resembles Argentina’s Dirty War, when the nationalistic Argentina was grounded within the anomalous opposition between the civilized citizens and the unruly barbarians. This chapter demonstrates how federalist “uniform” projects Argentine soldiers’ identity of being courageous and honorable.

Keywords:   Esteban Echeverría, El matadero, Argentina’s Dirty War, Unitarian, crimson clothing, identity politics, uniform

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