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Signs Of Borges

Author : Sylvia Molloy
ISBN : 0822314207
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Available for the first time in English, Signs of Borges is widely regarded as the best single book on the work of Jorge Luis Borges. With a critical sensibility informed by Barthes, Lacan, Foucault, Blanchot, and the entire body of Borges scholarship, Sylvia Molloy explores the problem of meaning in Borges's work by remaining true to the uncanniness that is its foundation. Borges's sustained practice of the uncanny gives rise in his texts to endless tensions between illusion and meaning, and to the competing desires for fragmentation, dispersal, and stability. Molloy traces the movement of Borges's own writing by repeatedly spanning the boundaries of genre and cutting across the conventional separations of narrative, lyric and essay, fact and fiction. Rather than seeking to resolve the tensions and conflicts, she preserves and develops them, thereby maintaining the potential of these texts to disturb. At the site of these tensions, Molloy locates the play between meaning and meaninglessness that occurs in Borges's texts. From this vantage point his strategies of deception, recourse to simulacra, inquisitorial urge to unsettle binarism, and distrust of the permanent--all that makes Borges Borges--are examined with unmatched skill and acuity. Elegantly written and translated, Signs of Borges presents a remarkable and dynamic view of one of the most international and compelling writers of this century. It will be of great interest to all students of twentieth-century literature, particularly to students of Latin American literature.
Category: Literary Criticism


Author : C. J. Conradie
ISBN : 9789027243454
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The title of this volume" "strives" "to capture the dynamic scope and range of the essays it contains, applying insights into the workings of iconicity to texts as far removed from each other in time as the Medieval tale of a bishop-fish and the war-poems of 20th century Italian Futurist F.T. Marinetti, and as thematically diverse as the Pilgrim s Progress and the poetry of e.e. cummings. Applications reference both language and linguistics as well as literature and literary theory and related fields such as sign language and translation; the former approached from the point of view of Japan Sign Language, the latter with reference to translations of the Koran and the Sesotho Bible, as well as modern German and English Bible translations. On the language side, the intricate relationships between sound symbolism and etymology, and between analogy and grammaticalization are examined in depth. On the literary side, the iconic effects of techniques such as enjambment and metrical inversion are considered, but also the ways in which an understanding of iconicity can open up meanings in complex poetry, like that of the Afrikaans poet T.T. Cloete in this particular instance three poems inspired by figures as diverse as Dante, Paul Klee and the pop icon Marilyn Monroe. In view of the fact that form is able to mime meaning and meaning itself can be mimed by meaning, the theoretical question is asked on the basis of a wide range of examples from literature, language, music and other sign-systems whether meaning can also mime form. An introduction to the work of H.C.T. Muller, an early scholar in the field of iconicity, highlights a regrettably little known South African contribution to the development of iconicity theory."
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Borges And Memory

Author : Rodrigo Quian Quiroga
ISBN : 9780262304955
Genre : Science
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A scientist's exploration of the working of memory begins with a story by Borges about a man who could not forget. Imagine the astonishment felt by neuroscientist Rodrigo Quian Quiroga when he found a fantastically precise interpretation of his research findings in a story written by the great Argentinian fabulist Jorge Luis Borges fifty years earlier. Quian Quiroga studies the workings of the brain—in particular how memory works—one of the most complex and elusive mysteries of science. He and his fellow neuroscientists have at their disposal sophisticated imaging equipment and access to information not available just twenty years ago. And yet Borges seemed to have imagined the gist of Quian Quiroga's discoveries decades before he made them. The title character of Borges's "Funes the Memorious" remembers everything in excruciatingly particular detail but is unable to grasp abstract ideas. Quian Quiroga found neurons in the human brain that respond to abstract concepts but ignore particular details, and, spurred by the way Borges imagined the consequences of remembering every detail but being incapable of abstraction, he began a search for the origins of Funes. Borges's widow, María Kodama, gave him access to her husband's personal library, and Borges's books led Quian Quiroga to reread earlier thinkers in philosophy and psychology. He found that just as Borges had perhaps dreamed the results of Quian Quiroga's discoveries, other thinkers—William James, Gustav Spiller, John Stuart Mill—had perhaps also dreamed a story like "Funes." With Borges and Memory, Quian Quiroga has given us a fascinating and accessible story about the workings of the brain that the great creator of Funes would appreciate.
Category: Science

Borges And Kafka

Author : Sarah Roger
ISBN : 9780198746157
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Sarah Roger investigates Jorge Luis Borges's development as an author in light of Franz Kafka's influence, and in consideration of Borges's relationship with his father, Jorge Guillermo Borges (Borges pere, a failed author). Borges believed that much of Kafka's writing derived from his personal experiences, particularly his relationship with his father. This book looks at how reading Kafka helped Borges mediate and make productive use of his own relationship with his father, and it offers a thorough analysis of Borges pere's writing, which is supplemented by an appendix that reprints Borges pere's poetry for the first time. Borges and Kafka also provides extensive analysis of Kafka's presence in Borges's critical writing, his translations, and the stories that he modelled on Kafka. Particular attention is paid to the concepts that Borges identified as Kafka's obsessions: subordination, infinity, and hierarchical relationships, which Borges referred to as the "patria potestad." Roger's analysis is accompanied by an annotated bibliography documenting every mention of Kafka in Borges's writing and a list of every Kafka text Borges read. Kafka's influence is especially evident in the stories where Borges was openly imitating Kafka--"La loteria en Babilonia" (1941), "La biblioteca de Babel" (1941), and "El Congreso" (1971)--but it features throughout Ficciones. Reading Borges's writing in light of his interest in Kafka demonstrates his focus not just on the individual's subordinate place in an infinite hierarchy but also on the repercussions these circumstances had for a struggling author like Borges, who was seeking to define himself through his writing.

Borges The Unacknowledged Medievalist

Author : M. Toswell
ISBN : 9781137444479
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Argentinian writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) was many things during his life, but what has gone largely unnoticed is that he was a medievalist, and his interest in Germanic medievalism was pervasive throughout his work. This study will consider the medieval elements in Borges creative work and shed new light on his poetry.
Category: Literary Criticism

Selected Non Fictions

Author : Jorge Luis Borges
ISBN : PSU:000048620505
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The non-fiction work of the great Latin American poet and writer is collected here with essays, reviews, lectures, and political commentary on everything from Ellery Queen to the Kabbalah. Reprint.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Visions Of Value And Truth

Author : Floora Ruokonen
ISBN : STANFORD:36105122236347
Genre : Literature
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Jorge Luis Borges

Author : Martin S. Stabb
ISBN : STANFORD:36105001889778
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Critical Essays On Jorge Luis Borges

Author : Jaime Alazraki
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173027903107
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A collection of critical essay about Jorge Luis Borges and his work.
Category: Literary Criticism

A Companion To Jorge Luis Borges

Author : Steven Boldy
ISBN : STANFORD:36105124141412
Genre : Literary Criticism
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An introduction to one of Latin America's most important authors.
Category: Literary Criticism

Borges A Reader

Author : Bustos Domecq, H. (Honorio)
ISBN : 0525069984
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Borges Revisited

Author : Martin S. Stabb
ISBN : UOM:39015019420119
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Jorge Luis Borges

Author : Emir Rodríguez Monegal
ISBN : UCSC:32106009158202
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A longtime friend of the famed Argentinian writer links Borges's personal history with his literary production, tracing the unfolding and fruition of a creative genius.
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Borges A Life

Author : Edwin Williamson
ISBN : STANFORD:36105114333615
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A portrait of the Latin-American writer and poet draws on interviews and previously unavailable sources to cover such topics as Borges's ancestry in Argentina, the passions and challenges that marked his life, and the evolution of his political ideas. 25,000 first printing.
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What Does A Woman Want

Author : Serge André
ISBN : UOM:39015050143497
Genre : Psychology
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In his comparison of Freud and Lacan, Andre illuminates the forward evolution of Freud's thinking on feminine sexuality and the ways in which Lacan traces his own path backward from the later Freud to the earlier theories, finding there the basis for his notion of the difference between phallic jouissance and the "feminine" jouissance of the Other as guaranteeing the impossibility of the sexual relation.
Category: Psychology

The Fortnightly

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ISBN : IND:30000093212698
Genre : Literature
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Variaciones Borges

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ISBN : UTEXAS:059173030933332
Genre : Philosophy
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Category: Philosophy