Borges' Classics: Global Encounters with the Graeco-Roman Past

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Cambridge University Press, 14 jun. 2018 - 196 páginas
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.
 

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Borges Classical Revisions
1
The Flow of Heraclitus
26
The Idea of Homer
52
Virgils Touch
96
Antiquity in the Poetic Cosmos
112
Borges and Global Classics
120
1
127
20
136
30
148
Bibliography
159
52
166
Index
171
66
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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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