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The Argentine Writer and Tradition

Nunez-Faraco, H; (2020) The Argentine Writer and Tradition. In: Fiddian, R, (ed.) Jorge Luis Borges in context. (pp. 99-105). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

In a landmark lecture of 1951, Borges maintained that Argentine writers have legitimate access to a multiplicity of cultural traditions, rejecting as parochial the view that an authentic Argentine literary expression should adhere to the stylistic and thematic norms of Gauchesque literature. Regarding the Western tradition, he reorganized its canon by subverting the hierarchical conventions of literary history, as well as bringing to the forefront a number of non-Western traditions both secular and religious. His approach to questions of language changes over the decades. ’Death and the Compass’ arguably captures a moment of tension between the past and the present in which a new artistic expression comes to life.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The Argentine Writer and Tradition
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/9781108635981.014
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108635981.014
Language: English
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UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10072823
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