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Beverly, John. “The Real Thing (Our Rigoberta).” Modern Language Quarterly 57, no. 2 (June 1996): 129–40.

Beverly uses Lacanian theory to analyze authorial representation and “truth” in testimonios, citing I, Rigoberta Menchú as a main example.

Chant, Sylvia. Review of Crossing Borders, by Rigoberta Menchú. Ethnic and Racial Studies 23, no. 6 (November 2000): 1120–121.

Chant acknowledges that she approached Crossing Borders with skepticism, but found the work to be inspirational and enlightening.

Handley, George B. “‘It's an Unbelievable Story’: Testimony and Truth in the Work of Rosario Ferré and Rigoberta Menchú.” In Violence, Silence, and Anger: Women's Writing as Transgression, edited by Deirdre Lashgari, pp. 62–79. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995.

Handley examines the narrative strategies in I, Rigoberta Menchú and the difference between testimonial truth and historical narrative, as represented by Ferré's Sweet Diamond Dust.

Keesey, Pam. Review of I, Rigoberta Menchú, by Rigoberta Menchú. Hypatia 9, no. 2 (spring 1994): 225–29.

Keesey praises I, Rigoberta Menchú for its universality, commenting that Menchú's story is “the story of the majority of the people living in this world.”

Lancaster, Roger N. “Rigoberta's Testimonio.NACLA Report on the Americas 32, no. 6 (May–June 1999): 4–6.

Lancaster defines the testimonio genre and reviews the media coverage of the Stoll/Menchú controversy.

Leigh, David. “Rigoberta Menchú and the Conversion of Consciousness.” In Christian Encounters with the Other, edited by John C. Hawley, pp. 182–93. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

Leigh analyzes I, Rigoberta Menchú as a “conversion story” and traces how it is derived from “liberation theology's pattern of consciousness-raising.”

Nelson, Diane. “Gendering the Ethnic-National Question: Rigoberta Menchú Jokes and the Out-Skirts of Fashioning Identity.” Anthropology Today 10, no. 6 (December 1994): 3–7.

Nelson discusses the various jokes made about Rigoberta Menchú after winning the Nobel Peace Prize and uses the jokes as a basis for analyzing Guatemalan national and ethnic identity.

Peskin, Harvey. “Memory and Media: ‘Cases’ of Rigoberta Menchú and Binjamin Wilkomirski.” Society 38, no. 1 (November 2000): 39–41.

Peskin evaluates the accusations of falsehoods brought against Menchú's memoir, I, Rigoberta Menchú, and Wilkomirski's memoir, Fragments: Memories of a Wartime Childhood.

Schwartz, Stephen. “Phoo, Menchú.” American Spectator 26, no. 1 (January 1993): 55.

Schwartz discusses I, Rigoberta Menchú and Menchú's awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Whisnant, David. Review of I, Rigoberta Menchú, by Rigoberta Menchú. Journal of American Folklore 100, no. 396 (April–June 1987): 229–30.

Whisnant comments on Menchú's criticism of her own culture's self-defeating tendencies in I, Rigoberta Menchú.

Additional coverage of Menchú's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 175; Hispanic Literature Criticism Supplement, Ed. 2; Literature of Developing Nations for Students, Vol. 1; Literature Resource Center; and World Literature and Its Times, Vol. 1.

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