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

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Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 200 pages
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"In this book, Mark Frisch elucidates and expands on 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. Frisch shows with a clarity and specificity not previously attained how Borges's symbols and techniques have helped define the contemporary postmodern generation of writers and critics. The book illustrates how Borges's 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. Frisch argues that while the Argentine writer constantly challenges singular, totalizing visions, and affirms the mysterious, varied, plural nature of our world, he avoids a radical relativism. This balancing act, which has been often overlooked by other critics, is subtle and profound and has broad implications for postmodern literature and criticism."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
A Latin American Postmodernism? A Borges Perspective
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Pluralism Meaning Postmodernity and Borges
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Mark Frisch is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Duquesne University.

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