SPAN 108. Jorge Luis Borges

This seminar focuses on one of the most influential writers of all time: Jorge Luis Borges, who devoted his entire life to literature, as a writer but also as an irreverent and subversive reader. His works have shaped all of modern and contemporary fiction, but also influenced fields as diverse as critical theory, philosophy, film, and computer science.

We will study how Borges's short stories blend Latin American localism and universalism, often through philosophical parables, metafictional commentaries, and detective fiction, without ever allowing the development of the tale to lose its aesthetic brilliance.

To help enrich our seminar discussions, each class session will be organized around one of Borges's major themes: labyrinths, infamy, crime fiction, memory and time, fate and identity, among others.


2 credits.
Eligible for LALS, INTP
Spring 2021. Martínez.
Catalog chapter: Spanish   
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