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Postcolonial BorgesArgument and Artistry$
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Robin Fiddian

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198794714

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198794714.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

‘Borges, Politics, and the Postcolonial’

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(p.175) Conclusion
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Postcolonial Borges
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Robin Fiddian

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198794714.003.0008

The chapter offers a concluding synthesis of Borges’s geopolitical and postcolonial thinking, organized around the concepts of i) Argentine culture; ii) personal, national, and regional perspectives on identity; iii) history; iv) East and West; and v) creole ethnicity. It calls for recognition of Borges as not only a precursor, but in fact as a prototype of the postcolonial intellectual in the mould of Joyce, Césaire, or Said. In tandem with, for example, Uruguayan intellectuals Eduardo Galeano and Joaquín Torres García, Borges articulates a postcolonialism that speaks for the River Plate. At the same time, he remains a distinctive, individual voice; a creative writer who is instantly recognizable in his mastery of many forms and kinds of verse and prose.

Keywords:   Argentina, identity, history, East/West, post-Occidentalism, post-Orientalism, postcolonialisms, creole ethnicity

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