What is it about?

This is an introduction to the life and work of the Argentine artist Norah Borges (1901-1998), a text prepared for the special issue devoted to her. Her biography and major themes are outlined together with areas for further investigation. The emphasis falls on Norah Borge's activity in the avant-garde followed by her own particular 'return to order' in conjunction with modern writers and artists in Spain, where she visited or lived for extended periods before the Spanish Civil War.

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Why is it important?

This is the first monographic issue devoted to Norah Borges outside the Spanish-speaking world. The introduction explains contributions by leading art historians and literary critics.


Norah Borges is an enigmatic figure who has been eclipsed by her more famous brother. The text poses a feminist question of how to read the woman artist's retreat from the commotion of the avant-garde.

Dr Roberta Ann Quance

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This page is a summary of: Norah Borges en la vanguardia: entre vírgenes y sirenas, Romance Studies, January 2009, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1179/174581509x397984.
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