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Borges' Classics
Global Encounters with the Graeco-Roman Past

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Part of Classics after Antiquity

  • Date Published: June 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108418409

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  • In Borges' Classics, Laura Jansen reads the oeuvre of the Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges as a radically globalized model for reimagining our relationship with the classical past. This major study reveals how Borges constructs a new 'physics of reading' the classics, which privileges a paradoxical vision of the canon as universal yet centreless, and eschews fixed ideas about the cultural history of the West. Borges' unique approach transforms classical antiquity into a simultaneously familiar and remote world, whose legacy is both urgent and unstable. In the process, Borges repositions the classical tradition at the intersection of the traditional Western canon and modernist literature of the peripheral West. Jansen's study traces Borges' encounters with the classics through appeal to themes central to Borges' thought, such as history and fiction, memory and forgetfulness, the data of the senses, and the vectors that connect cultures and countries.

    • Uses the work of Borges to propose a new model for thinking about our relationship with the classical past
    • Argues for the key role of the classics in Borges' poetics
    • Traces the impact of Borges' global classicism from the perspective of three key post-modern successors
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    • Date Published: June 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108418409
    • length: 196 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Borges' classical revisions
    2. The flow of Heraclitus
    3. The idea of Homer
    4. Virgil's Touch
    5. Antiquity in the poetic cosmos
    6. Interlude – Borges and global classics
    7. Successors of Borges' classicism.

  • Author

    Laura Jansen, University of Bristol
    Laura Jansen is Lecturer in Latin Language and Literature at the University of Bristol. Her publications include The Roman Paratext: Texts, Frames, Readers (edited; Cambridge, 2014), articles on paratextuality in classical literature and essays on the theory and methods of classical reception.

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