Complementing Latin American Borders
Complementing Latin American Borders (Hardback)
The idea of complementing borders is appropriately ambiguous with respect to Latin America. People inhabiting cultural borders do not belong to either of the two sides. Yet they are contained within the complementation that emerges when two or more cultures interdependently and incongruously interact.In giving an account of complementing borders, this volume alludes to the Latin American context, most particularly Brazil and Mexico, through notions of rhythms and resonances, euphonies an discords, continuous flows and syncopes, all of which are found in everyday life, the arts, politics, economics, and social institutions and practices. The general theme, emerging from Charles S. Peirce's process philosophy, is that of ebb and flow, fusion and diffusion, ordering and disordering, and the intermixing and dispersal, of propensities and proclivities among Latin American cultures, past and present.The story begins with a dialogue in the form of a satirical play on various Jorge Luis Borges characters. Latin America is then presented in terms of invention and perpetual re-invention. As such, Latin America as sympathetic vibrations creating cultural patterning brings about notions of vagueness within generality, by way of homogenizing and heterogenizing tendencies within hegemonizing pressures. The reader comes away with a renewed sense of Latin American border complementing.
About the Author(s):
Floyd Merrell is a professor of Spanish at Purdue University. He is the author of five books and numerous articles on semiotics, literary theory, and Hispanic literature.