Literature with Other Arts
Edited By Haun Saussy and Gerald Gillespie
Dimensionless Cities, Cosmic Selves. The Visionary Spaces of Jorge Luis Borges and Xul Solar
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The Visionary Spaces of Jorge Luis Borges and Xul Solar
Lois Parkinson ZAMORA
University of Houston
Friendship is the one redeeming Argentine passion.
Jorge Luis Borges
One of my great pedagogical pleasures is what we used to call slide lectures and now call powerpoints, if by this latter term we mean visual images projected for the consideration of our viewers and not merely bullet points to be read and repeated. In this visual/verbal medium, my viewers contemplate a series of images as I draw attention to details of style and content to construct my argument. A slide lecture is often less formal than a verbal lecture, and yet more rigorous in its requirement that images create a historical and cultural context, advance my argument and confirm my conclusions. However, when a slide lecture becomes a printed essay, as is the case with the text you are reading, things change, but not too much, I hope. My aim is to maintain the informality and immediacy of the visual argument that I presented at the University of Chicago in September, 2012. To this end, I will refer to “slides” in my text and ask you to refer to them on this website in the order that I mention them: http://www.class.uh.edu/classes/xul-borges/. You may need to give it a moment to upload.
I begin with photographs of Xul Solar and Jorge Luis Borges...
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