You Might be Able to Get There from Here: Reconsidering Borges and the Postmodern

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 200 pages
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This book details the immense impact that Jorge Luis Borges has had on the thinking and writing of the twentieth century and how many have misunderstood that impact. It highlights how his symbols, techniques, parody, irony, and artful ambiguity in his fiction, essays, and poems force us to question what we can know with certainty, what is real and what is dream, and who we are, and thus define what has become the core of the postmodern vision. The book explores Borges's distinctly Latin American postmodern pluralism. It details how this pluralism has informed the postmodern discussions of the self, love, history, feminism, and politics, and has influenced writers in the U.S. and Latin America. Throughout, it argues that the Argentine writer avoids the nihilism and chaos of a radical relativism that many have come to associate with postmodernism. Rather, his vision affirms values and a search for positive knowledge. Mark Frisch is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Duquesne University.
 

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Contents

Introduction El Aleph The Aleph and La casa de Asterion The House of Asterion Between Monism and Chaos
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A Latin American Postmodernism? A Borges Perspective
30
Pluralism Meaning Postmodernity and Borges
49
Borges the Self and the Postmodern
75
Women Feminism Postmodernity and Borges
95
Borges Universal History and Historical Representation
113
Borges Politics and the Postmodern
130
Borges the Postmodern and the Literature of the Americas Cien anos de soledad and The Universal Baseball Association Inc J Henry Waugh Prop
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Borges in His Own Words and Some Implications for the Postmodern Debate
166
Notes
179
A Selected Bibliography
183
Index
195
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Mark Frisch is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Duquesne University.

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