The New World Border
Prophecies, Poems and Loqueras for the End of the Century
By (author) Guillermo Gomez-Pena
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New World Border by Guillermo Gomez-Pena
Book DescriptionThe New World Border is a carnivalesque inversion of ethnic and geo-political ideology, a disorienting free-fall into the space between cultures, and a head-on collision with the real and imagined borders that separate North and South. Hero of a thousand syncretic faces -- intercultural interpreter, reverse anthropologist, experimental linguist, and political artist of the first order -- Guillermo Gomez-Pena has won international acclaim for his efforts to create a hybrid culture and to articulate a borderless ethos. In this new collection of essays, poems, and performance texts, Gomez-Pena muses, often tongue-in-cheek, on matters of race, nationality, language, and identity. With a heady mix of pop culture, provocative iconography, political satire, ethnic stereotypes, and guerrilla theory, he explores "the territory of cultural misunderstanding." "In everything he does, he remains an indomitably playful phrasemaker; a fertile rethinker of cultural contradictions, cliches, and conundrums; and an inspiring recruiter for a playground army of cultural pluralists." --The Village Voice "Gomez-Pena invites the reader into uncharted territory: the vast, intercontinental border zone where people live between and across cultures and countries, creating a thoroughly hybrid society where the only cultural "others" are those who stubbornly resist "mestizaje". The New World Border is both wildly entertaining and thoughtfully incisive, inducing a kind of cultural vertigo that erases the borders between 'us' and 'them'. The New World Border is a required addition to all literary and multicultural studies collections!" --Midwest Book Review "Guillermo Gomez Pena is a clear example of the work that originates from and about the border. His work deals with borders, with their existence, construction, reconstruction, definition, and eventual questioning. In this context, the aim of this essay is to explore the way the artist puts into practice his conceptualization of the border reality in The New World Border: Prophecies for the End of the Century, which toured worldwide and in front of very diverse, international audiences." --Amaia Ibarraran Bigalondo, Journal of Contemporary Drama in English Guillermo Gomez-Pena was born in Mexico City in 1955 and came to the U.S. in 1978. His work, which includes performance art, poetry, journalism, criticism, and cultural theory, explores cross-cultural issues and North/South relations. He is the recipient of an American Book Award for The New World Border and a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, among many other honors. One of his other works, Codex Espangliensis, was also published by City Lights Publishers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780872863132
(203mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: City Lights Books
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 11-Jul-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Guillermo Gomez-Pena
Conversations Across Borders, Hardback (August 2011)
Includes dialogues with theorists, curators, activists, and fellow artists - such as Lisa Wolford Wylam, Tim Miller, Felipe Ehrenberg, Orlando Britoo Jinorio, Silvana Straw, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer that explore the terrain between art and theory.
Ethno-Techno, Paperback (June 2005)
Explores the political and philosophical parameters of what's left for artists to do in a post-9/11 repressive culture. This illustrated book offers insight into the author's methods of production, development and teaching.
Culture Clash in Americca, Paperback (June 2004)» View all books by Guillermo Gomez-Pena
Who needs CNN when we have Culture Clash? --Steve Winn, S. F. Chronicle
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