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Postnational Perspectives on Contemporary Hispanic Literature$
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Heike Scharm and Natalia Matta-Jara

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054940

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054940.001.0001

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The Classical Tradition of Cosmopolitan “Spiritual Exercises” in Jorge Luis Borges and Latin American Postnational Literature

The Classical Tradition of Cosmopolitan “Spiritual Exercises” in Jorge Luis Borges and Latin American Postnational Literature

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(p.149) 7 The Classical Tradition of Cosmopolitan “Spiritual Exercises” in Jorge Luis Borges and Latin American Postnational Literature
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Postnational Perspectives on Contemporary Hispanic Literature
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Bernat Castany Prado

, Neil D. Anderson
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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813054940.003.0008

Castany Prado’s chapter offers a fuller understanding of Borges’s cosmopolitanism, which has been influential in contemporary Western literature in general, and, more specifically, in postnational Latin American literature. The author traces the roots of cosmopolitanism back to the teachings of the Cynics, the Epicureans, the Stoics, and the Neo-Platonists, before identifying their literary projections in contemporary Hispanic literature. He then argues that the postnational paradigm is neither the direct result of recent globalization processes, nor can it be understood in solely internationalist terms; rather, it is heir to a millennia-long tradition of philosophical cosmopolitanism. This is especially important in the area of postnational Latin American literature, for which, according to Castany Prado, Borges constitutes a decisive influence.

Keywords:   Latin American literature, cosmopolitanism, Jorge Luis Borges

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