Peripheral (Post) Modernity: The Syncretist Aesthetics of by Eleni Kefala

By Eleni Kefala

Are there things like peripheral modernity and postmodernity? This groundbreaking publication makes a speciality of the notions of modernity and postmodernity in international locations that by no means prior to were studied relatively: Argentina and Greece. It examines theories of the postmodern and the issues curious about using them to the hybrid and sui generis cultural phenomena of the «periphery». at the same time it deals 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 alternative and infrequently hostile aesthetic ideas and traditions that happen in «peripheral» destinations. This e-book may be very helpful to students and scholars of Latin American, smooth Greek and comparative literature in addition to to these attracted to Borges stories.

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In September 2003, Kirchner opened the classified material of Argentina’s Secretary of State Intelligence to allow testimony at the trial of twenty 18 | Peripheral (Post) Modernity suspected accomplices of “El Proceso”. Two years later ( June 2005), the Argentine Supreme Court revoked the amnesty laws protecting hundreds of former and serving military officers involved in the Dirty War. It seems that Argentina might finally be called to recover her memory and deal with her dark past. In contrast to Argentina, post-dictatorial Greece managed to achieve political stability and economic growth.

1 Whereas initially the project of Enlightenment aimed at human emancipation from the powers of nature, superstition and myth, its practice actually demonstrated its implication in the dialectics of mastery and slavery. In the early twentieth century, faith in the idea of rational progress was severely undermined. Marxism and subsequent socialist movements problematised the ideals of rationality and progress by revealing the suffering, poverty and injustice which accompanied the process of capitalist accumulation.

As in the case of Argentina, British and French Imperial designs strongly affected Greek Independence while German Romanticism and intellectuals such as Hugo and Byron were highly influential on Greek letters. The project of “westernisation” of Greece and the European Imperial interests soon became apparent in both the placement of the Bavarian Otto as the King of Greece and the English and French parties led by Alexandros Mavrokordatos and Ioannis Kolettis respectively. As Renato Ortiz succinctly puts it: “modernity, modernism, modernisation are terms which are associated with the national question” (2000: 142).

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