The Pianist as a Testimonial Narrative

Umair Hyder


A testimonio is a narrative of social and political inequality, oppression, or any specific form of marginalization. The goal of testimonio as a form of narrative inquiry, then, transcends awareness and gravitates toward political intention, questions about institutional power, the need to speak for justice, the creation of stronger pockets of resistance, and the importance of solidarity and coalition as keys to building more equitable social frameworks. Testimonio is implicitly or explicitly a component of what Barbara Harlow has called a "resistance literature."

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