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The Cambridge Companion to Jorge Luis Borges

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Edwin Williamson, Clive Griffin, Floyd Merrell, Michael Wood, Suzanne Jill Levine, Evelyn Fishburn, Luce López-Baralt, Robin Fiddian, Philip Swanson, Daniel Balderston, Roberto González Echevarría, Alfred MacAdam, Arturo Echavarría, Efraín Kristal, Jason Wilson
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  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521141376

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  • Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986) was one of the great writers of the twentieth century and the most influential author in the Spanish language of modern times. He had a seminal influence on Latin American literature and a lasting impact on literary fiction in many other languages. However, Borges has been accessible in English only through a number of anthologies drawn mainly from his work of the 1940s and 1950s. The primary aim of this Companion is to provide a more comprehensive account of Borges's oeuvre and the evolution of his writing. It offers critical assessments by leading scholars of the poetry of his youth and the later poetry and fiction, as well as of the 'canonical' volumes of the middle years. Other chapters focus on key themes and interests, and on his influence in literary theory and translation studies.

    • Provides a more comprehensive account of Borges's writing than ever before, with critical assessments of work of all periods of Borges's life by experts of international standing
    • Covers less well-known aspects of Borges's work, including its autobiographical dimension; Borges on translation; Borges as a postcolonial writer; Borges and popular culture; and Jewish, Islamic, Christian and Gnostic themes
    • Enables greater understanding of the importance of Borges's poetry, and explores its relation to his fiction
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    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521141376
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology
    Introduction Edwin Williamson
    1. Philosophy and fiction Clive Griffin
    2. Mathematics and science in a literary mode Floyd Merrell
    3. Borges and theory Michael Wood
    4. Borges on translation Suzanne Jill Levine
    5. Jewish, Christian and Gnostic themes Evelyn Fishburn
    6. Islamic themes Luce López-Baralt
    7. Borges and popular culture Philip Swanson
    8. Postcolonial Borges Robin Fiddian
    9. Fictions Daniel Balderston
    10. The Aleph Roberto González Echevarría
    11. The Maker Alfred MacAdam
    12. Brodie's report Arturo Echavarría
    13. The Book of Sand and Shakespeare's memory Efraín Kristal
    14. The early poetry (1923–9) Rafael Olea Franco
    15. The late poetry (1960–85) Jason Wilson
    16. Borges in context: the autobiographical dimension Edwin Williamson
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  • Editor

    Edwin Williamson, University of Oxford
    Edwin Williamson is the King Alfonso XIII Professor of Spanish Studies at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He is the author of The Penguin History of Latin America (updated and revised edition, 2009) and his acclaimed biography, Borges: A Life (2004), has been translated into several languages.

    Contributors

    Edwin Williamson, Clive Griffin, Floyd Merrell, Michael Wood, Suzanne Jill Levine, Evelyn Fishburn, Luce López-Baralt, Robin Fiddian, Philip Swanson, Daniel Balderston, Roberto González Echevarría, Alfred MacAdam, Arturo Echavarría, Efraín Kristal, Jason Wilson

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