SPAN 042. Borges: Aesthetics & Theory


(Cross-listed as LITR 042S 
Jorge Luis Borges is one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century. He devoted his entire life to literature, as a writer but also as an irreverent reader. Hated or held dear, Borges is incessantly quoted. In his texts Borges not only anticipated but also discussed the major topics of contemporary literary theory: the theory of intertextuality, the limits of the referential illusion, the relationship between knowledge and language, and the dilemmas of representation and of narration. We will explore how Borges fictionalized these theoretical problems without ever allowing the development of the tale to lose its aesthetic brilliance. We will also read Borges as a universal writer working inside all the cultural traditions, and also as a writer who seeks to reinvent the history and the traditions of his own country.

Note: Spanish courses taught in English (LITR.S courses) do not count towards the Spanish minor. One Spanish course taken in English may count towards the Spanish major.
Taught in English.
Humanities.
1 credit.
Eligible for LALS, INTP, CPLT
Spring 2023. Martínez.
Catalog chapter: Spanish  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/spanish


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