Springer, Dordrecht


145 Pages

ISBN 978-3-319-95911-5

Borges, language and reality

the transcendence of the word

Edited by

Alfonso J. García-Osuna

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 realitythat 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.

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García-Osuna, A. J. (ed) (2018). Borges, language and reality: the transcendence of the word, Springer, Dordrecht.

Table of Contents


García-Osuna Alfonso J.


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Borges and the third man

Luis Fernández José


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Borges and Nietzschean ethics

Rivera Cesar


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Ireneo funes

Rubin Ethan


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Contradictory rhetoric

Reagan Patricia


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Meetings of anger

Ben-Merre David


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The tlönian cone

Zypman Fredy R.


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Incomplete works

Riberi Alejandro


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Borges, ethics, and evil

Shaw Donald


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