Borges and Joyce: An Infinite Conversation

Novillo-Corvalan, Patricia (2011) Borges and Joyce: An Infinite Conversation. Studies in Comparative Literature, 24 . Legenda, Oxford, UK, 204 pp. ISBN 9781907625053. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Borges and Joyce stand as two of the most revolutionary writers of the twentieth-century. Both are renowned for their polyglot abilities, prodigious memories, cyclical conception of time, labyrinthine creations, and for their shared condition as European émigrés and blind bards of Dublin and Buenos Aires. Yet at the same time, Borges and Joyce differ in relation to the central aesthetic of their creative projects: the epic scale of the Irishman contrasts with the compressed fictions of the Argentine. In this comprehensive and engaging study, Patricia Novillo-Corvalán demonstrates that Borges created a version of Joyce refracted through the prism of his art, thus encapsulating the colossal magnitude of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake within the confines of a nutshell. Separate chapters triangulate Borges and Joyce with the canonical legacy of Homer, Dante, and Shakespeare using as a point of departure Walter Benjamin’s notion of the afterlife of a text. This ambitious, interdisciplinary study offers a model for Comparative Literature in the twenty-first century.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures > Hispanic Studies
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Comparative Literature
Depositing User: Fiona Godfrey
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2012 12:52
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2012 08:22
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30180 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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