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Literatures of the Americas

Borges, Language and Reality

The Transcendence of the Word

Editors: García-Osuna, Alfonso J. (Ed.)

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  • Takes a unique and innovative new perspective on one of Latin America’s most widely-read authors
  • Provides multidisciplinary approaches, covering a range of topics from philosophy to physics, in addition to literature
  • Features contributions from Borges experts and established scholars in addition to up-and-coming scholars
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About this book

This book brings together the work of several scholars to shed light on the Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges' complex relationship with language and reality. A critical assumption driving the work is that there is, as Jaime Alazraki has put it, 'a genuine effort to overcome the narrowness that Western tradition has imposed as a master and measure of reality' in Borges' writing. That narrowness is in large measure a consequence of the chronic influence of positivist approaches to reality that rely on empirical evidence for any authentication of what is 'real'. This study shows that, in opposition to such restrictions, Borges saw in fiction, in literature, the most viable means of discussing reality in a pragmatic manner. Moreover, by scrutinising several of the author's works, it establishes signposts for considering the truly complicated relationship that Borges had with reality, one that intimately associates the 'real' with human perception, insight and language.

About the authors

Alfonso J. García-Osuna (Ph.D. 1989, The City University of New York, USA) is the author of several books and articles on Spanish and Latin American Literature. An avid cyclist, he has completed the Pilgrimage Road to Santiago seven times.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Borges, or the Geography of Sentience

    Pages 1-13

    García-Osuna, Alfonso J.

  • Borges and the Third Man: Toward an Interpretation of ‘Unánime noche’ in “The Circular Ruins”

    Pages 15-32

    Fernández, José Luis

  • Borges and Nietzschean Ethics: Another Branch of Fantastic Literature?

    Pages 33-50

    Rivera, Cesar

  • Ireneo Funes: Superman or Failure? A Husserlian Analysis

    Pages 51-61

    Rubin, Ethan

  • Contradictory Rhetoric: Disassembling “Pierre Menard, autor del Quijote”

    Pages 63-76

    Reagan, Patricia

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eBook $54.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95912-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95911-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Borges, Language and Reality
Book Subtitle
The Transcendence of the Word
Editors
  • Alfonso J. García-Osuna
Series Title
Literatures of the Americas
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95912-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95912-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95911-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 145
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