Borges, Between History and Eternity - Hernan Diaz (Paperback)

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9781441197795
Department
Books
Released
2 Aug 2012
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Hernan Diaz
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Bloomsbury USA Academic
Language
English
Number of Pages
176
Dimensions
210 x 140 x 13mm (272g)

Summary

  • That Borges is one of the key figures in 20th-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.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Literary Criticism
BISAC Subject 1
Literary Criticism / General
BIC Classification 1
Literary studies: from c 1900 -
BIC Classification 2
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Library Subject 1
Borges, Jorge Luis - Criticism and interpretation
Academic Subject 1
Latin American Literature
Academic Subject 2
Borges, Jorge Luis - Prose & Criticism
Dewey Classification
809

Author Bio

Hernan Diaz is Managing Editor of Revista Hispanica Moderna and Associate Director of the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University, USA. Formerly he has been a professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the State University of New York (Albany), USA.