Borges, Between History and Eternity

Borges, Between History and Eternity

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McMillan Palgrave

That Borges is one of the key figures in twentieth-century literature is beyond debate. The reasons behind this claim, however, are a matter of contention. In Latin America he is read as someone who reorganized the canon, questioned literary hierarchies, and redefined the role of marginal literatures. On the other hand, in the rest of the world, most readers (and dictionaries) tend to identify the adjective "Borgesian" with intricate metaphysical puzzles and labyrinthine speculations of universal reach, completely detached from particular traditions. One reading is context-saturated, while the other is context-deprived. Oddly enough, these "institutional" and "transcendental" approaches have not been pitched against each other in a critical way. Borges, between History and Eternity brings these perspectives together by considering key aspects of Borges's work—the reciprocal determinations of politics, philosophy and literature; the simultaneously confining and emancipating nature of language; and the incipient program for a literature of the Americas.


Considers the intersection of aesthetics, politics and metaphysics in Borges's texts, and analyzes their interaction with the North American canon.



Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, ©2012
ISBN: 9781283891233
1283891239
9781441169099
1441169091
1441188118
9781441188113
1441197796
9781441197795
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 176 pages)

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