Out of Context: Historical Reference and the Representation of Reality in Borges Daniel Balderston

ISBN: 9780822313168

Published: March 12th 1993

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231 pages


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Out of Context: Historical Reference and the Representation of Reality in Borges  by  Daniel Balderston

Out of Context: Historical Reference and the Representation of Reality in Borges by Daniel Balderston
March 12th 1993 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 231 pages | ISBN: 9780822313168 | 4.13 Mb

In Jorge Luis Borgess finely wrought, fantastic stories, so filigreed with strange allusions, critics have consistently found little to relate to the external world, to history--in short, to reality. Out of Context corrects this shortsighted viewMoreIn Jorge Luis Borgess finely wrought, fantastic stories, so filigreed with strange allusions, critics have consistently found little to relate to the external world, to history--in short, to reality.

Out of Context corrects this shortsighted view and reveals the very real basis of the Argentine masters purported irreality. By providing the historical context for some of the writers best-loved and least understood works, this study also gives us a new sense of Borgess place within the context of contemporary literature.Through a detailed examination of seven stories, Daniel Balderston shows how Borgess historical and political references, so often misread as part of a literary game, actually open up a much more complex reality than the one made explicit to the reader.

Working in tension with the fantastic aspects of Borges work, these precise references to realities outside the text illuminate relations between literature and history as well as the authors particular understanding of both. In Borgess perspective as it is revealed here, history emerges as an other only partially recoverable in narrative form. From what can be recovered, Balderston is able to clarify Borgess position on historical episodes and trends such as colonialism, the Peronist movement, Western culture, militarism, and the Spanish invasion of the Americas.Informed by a wide reading of history, a sympathetic use of critical theory, and a deep understanding of Borgess work, this iconoclastic study provides a radical new approach to one of the most celebrated and—until now—hermetic authors of our time.



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