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 ahead of were studied relatively: Argentina and Greece. It examines theories of the postmodern and the issues fascinated about utilising them to the hybrid and sui generis cultural phenomena of the «periphery». at the same time it deals an exhilarating 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 alternative and infrequently antagonistic aesthetic rules and traditions that happen in «peripheral» destinations. This ebook could be very necessary 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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But the single drastic resolution that Soergel reveals is the “estricta y vasta música: Bach” (OC III: 397) [“strict, titanic music—Bach” (1998: 515)]. Why Bach? probably simply because his fugues are polyphonic constructs of subject matters and diversifications; that's, of subject matters (heteromemories) which the artist develops in tonal and contrapuntal adaptations. lets say that Bach’s fugue epitomises the compulsive (Borgesian and Borgesian-like) universe of literary, creative and cultural construction: at the one hand, it contains the heteromemory of issues (words, words, mythemes, narremes, photos, metaphors, narratives) and, nevertheless, the private modality of the ` manifested within the re-elaborations/ diversifications of those issues, which in flip lead to the creation of latest literary, creative and cultural (counter)narratives. Borgesian fiction is one among forking paths: paths of time and area, paths of meanings, identities, ideologies and cultures, which bifurcate steadily and infinitely. In his recognized tale “El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan”, Borges compares the literary textual content and its in all likelihood endless adaptations and interpretations with a backyard of forking paths: Casi en el acto comprendí; el jardín de senderos que se bifurcan period l. a. novela caótica; […] en todas las ficciones, cada vez que un hombre se enfrenta con diversas alternativas, opta por una y elimina las otras; en los angeles del casi inextricable Ts’ui Pên, opta—simultáneamente—por todas. Crea, así, diversos tiempos, que también proliferan y se bifurcan. De ahí las contradicciones de los angeles novela. (OC I: 477) nearly immediately I understood: The backyard of forking paths was once the chaotic novel; […] in all fictional paintings, every time a guy is faced with numerous choices, he chooses one and removes the others; within the fiction of Ts’ui Pên, he chooses—simultaneously—all of them. He creates, during this method, different futures, various occasions which additionally themselves proliferate and fork. the following, then, is the reason of the novel’s contradiction. (1981: fifty one) Jorge Luis Borges | ninety nine The forking paths of literature are the various choices that the textual content sustains past the transitority meaning(s) that both the author or the reader attributes to it. Borges proved that the fast tale could be a forking course of alternative and infrequently contradictory meanings and narratives upheld (registered or alluded) by way of syncretist aesthetics and particularly the alchemy of myth and irony. As Barrenechea says, touching on Borges, su fantasía se prolifera en infinitos caminos que divergen, corren paralelos o se entrecruzan porque juega con los angeles posibilidad de elegir todos los destinos y de ir viviendo infinitas historias infinitamente ramificadas. (1984: 27) his mind's eye proliferates in countless paths that diverge, run parallel or go one another simply because he performs with the potential of identifying all destinies and of dwelling limitless tales, infinitely ramified. it's transparent that inside of this infinitely ramified and regressive universe of the ⌸`, id is a simulacrum, a fleeting model within the sequence of never-ending mirrorings and disguises.