Borges and the Kabbalah : And Other Essays on his Fiction and Poetry
The Argentinian Jorge Luis Borges was one of the most influential figures to emerge from the great blossoming of South American literature in the twentieth century. As a scholar, poet, critic and writer of fiction he was widely read in English translation. This volume brings together a collection of essays on Borges by leading scholar Jaime Alazraki. Together the essays constitute an introduction to important aspects of Borges' oeuvre, including the influence of the Kabbalah, structure and style in the fiction, Borges' poetry, and Borges' impact on Latin American literature. Students and scholars of contemporary literature will find here in one volume the best of Professor Alazraki's short pieces on this great writer.
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- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Part I. Borges and the Kabbalah: 1. Introduction; 2. Borges and the Kabbalah; 3. Kabbalistic traits in Borges' narratives; 4. Appendix to Part I: 'The Kabbalah', by Jorge Luis Borges; Part II. Fiction: 5. Structure as meaning in 'The South'; 6. Borges, or style as an invisible worker; 7. The making of a style: a universal history of infamy; Part III. Poetry: 8. Outside and inside the mirror in Borges' poetry; 9. Enumerations as evocations: on the use of a device in Borges' late poetry; 10. Language as a musical organism: Borges' later poetry; Part IV. Essays and Other Questions: 11. Oxymoronic structure in Borges' essays; 12. Borges and the new Latin American novel; 13. Borges' modernism and the new critical idiom; Epilogue: On Borges' death; Index.