Borges: The Passion of an Endless Quotation

Borges: The Passion of an Endless Quotation

by Lisa Block de Behar
     
 

Lisa Block de Behar explores the trope of quotation in the works of Jorge Luis Borges.

Borges cites innumerable authors in the pages making up his life’s work, and innumerable authors have cited and continue to cite him. More than a figure, then, the quotation is an integral part of the fabric of his writing, a fabric made anew by each reading and

…  See more details below

Overview

Lisa Block de Behar explores the trope of quotation in the works of Jorge Luis Borges.

Borges cites innumerable authors in the pages making up his life’s work, and innumerable authors have cited and continue to cite him. More than a figure, then, the quotation is an integral part of the fabric of his writing, a fabric made anew by each reading and each re-citation it undergoes, in the never-ending throes of a work-in-progress. Block de Behar makes of this reading a plea for the very art of communication; a practice that takes community not in the totalized and totalizable soil of pre-established definitions or essences, but on the ineluctable repetitions that constitute language as such, and that guarantee the expansiveness—through etymological coincidences of meaning, through historical contagions, through translinguistic sharings of particular experiences—of a certain index of universality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791455562
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Series:
SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Block de Behar is Professor of Semiotics and Theory of Interpretation at the Universidad de la Republica in Montevideo, Uruguay and is a renowned Jorge Luis Borges scholar.

William Egginton is Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >