Borges, between History and Eternity

Borges, between History and Eternity

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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 qBorgesianq 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 qinstitutionalq and qtranscendentalq 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.... Borges quotes Berkeley profusely, and transcribes the relevant paragraph from the Principles of Human Knowledge. ... And in this essay, Borges writes, in a parenthetic sentence that very much resembles the one in the a€œOde Written in 1966a€: ... Borgesa#39;s argument seems to unfold thus: if, according to Berkeley, things are only as long as they are perceived, the world ... in a word all those bodies which compose the mighty frame of the world, have not any subsistence without a mind, anbsp;...

Title:Borges, between History and Eternity
Author:Hernan Diaz
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing USA - 2012-08-02


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