‘Borges, Politics, and the Postcolonial’
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.
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