Peripheral (Post) Modernity: The Syncretist Aesthetics of Borges, Piglia, Kalokyris and Kyriakidis

By Eleni Kefala

Are there things like peripheral modernity and postmodernity? This groundbreaking ebook makes a speciality of the notions of modernity and postmodernity in nations that by no means sooner than were studied relatively: Argentina and Greece. It examines theories of the postmodern and the issues occupied with making use of them to the hybrid and sui generis cultural phenomena of the «periphery». at the same time it bargains a thrilling perception into the paintings of Jorge Luis Borges, Ricardo Piglia, Dimitris Kalokyris and Achilleas Kyriakidis, whose syncretist aesthetics are symptomatic of the blending up of other and sometimes antagonistic aesthetic rules and traditions that ensue in «peripheral» destinations. This ebook should be very worthy to students and scholars of Latin American, sleek Greek and comparative literature in addition to to these drawn to Borges reports.

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Variaciones Borges: magazine of Philosophy, Semiotics and Literature 18 (2004). © Variaciones Borges. “Mouseion: The Counter-Institutional Agent of the Literary Utopias of Ricardo Piglia and Dimitris Kalokyris”. smooth Language assessment 99:3 (2004). © glossy Language evaluate. Acknowledgments | xi “Borges and Greece: Syncretism, Hybridity and Irreverence within the Periphery”. Antes y después del Quijote. Valencia: Publicaciones de los angeles Biblioteca Valenciana, 2005. © Biblioteca Valenciana. “Falsification, Robberies and Irreverence within the outer edge: The Case of Borges and Kyriakidis”. Gramma: magazine of conception and feedback thirteen (2005). © Gramma: magazine of concept and feedback. “ ‘Formas breves’ y ‘nudos blancos’: espacios poscontemporáneos de condensación”. l. a. Pecera nine (2005). © l. a. Pecera. “Kalokyris and Borges: A learn in their Syncretist Aesthetics”. magazine of contemporary Greek stories 23:1 (2005). © The Johns Hopkins college Press. Reprinted with permission of The Johns Hopkins collage Press. “Ricardo Piglia and the Syncretist computing device: ‘Moral tales’ within the Postcontemporary Wor(l)d”. Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 29:3 (2005). © Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos. “Hybrid Modernisms in Greece and Argentina: The Case of Borges, Cavafy, Kalokyris and Kyriakidis”. Comparative Literature 58:2 (2006). © collage of Oregon Press. creation basic Is there any such factor as peripheral modernity or postmodernity? If the answer's convinced, then how can we outline their situation? How will we hint the borders among them? and the way does the research of those peripheral formations switch the way in which we comprehend tradition? This paintings reports the notions of modernity and postmodernity in international locations which I describe as “peripheral” to the West: Argentina and Greece. It examines theories of the postmodern and the issues desirous about making use of them to the hybrid and sui generis cultural phenomena of the “periphery”, drawing on modern theories of syncretism, hybridity, transculturation, nation/narration and cultural translation. although geographically distant from one another, Greece and Argentina have parallel political, socio-economic and cultural trajectories in (post)modernity. i take advantage of the time period (post)modernity to point the blurring of limits among modernity and postmodernity in modern societies of the “periphery”. My major objective is to teach that during such “peripheral” nations the range of traditions produces hybrid phenomena in lots of social and cultural spheres, which basically contest principal notions of purity and cultural authenticity. What the method of cultural formation in those “peripheral” nations proves is that creolisation and hybridisation lie on the center of each tradition, even if “central” or “peripheral”, therefore calling into query modernity’s geopolitics of tradition. 1 This booklet deals an perception into the paintings of 4 “peripheral” writers, Jorge Luis Borges, Ricardo Piglia (Argentina), Dimitris Kalokyris and Achilleas Kyriakidis (Greece), whose syncretist aesthetics are symptomatic of the blending up of alternative and infrequently antagonistic aesthetic rules and traditions that ensue in peripheral nations.

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