Liberty, Individuality, and Democracy in Jorge Luis Borges

Liberty, Individuality, and Democracy in Jorge Luis Borges

by Alejandra M. Salinas


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This book seeks to fill a double lacuna in Borges scholarship. For one, this scholarship has been largely developed through the lens of literary and cultural studies, and not by political theorists who bring a distinct disciplinary perspective into the reading of literary works. Secondly, mainstream interpreters have overlooked or have not analyzed enough Borges s political sympathies. This book does not evaluate if these sympathies are truthful to political and historical facts or philosophical theories; rather, she shows in which aspects and around which topics Borges finds inspiration and gives literary form to the political. His texts abound with concepts and events such as liberty, individuality, war, and revolution, and they deal with topics such as the legitimacy of authority, the limits of reason, and the principle of representation, among others. This book also addresses Borges s democratic sensitivity and his critique of populism and militarism as related to salient national and global historical events that inspired his works. Above all, it calls attention to Borges s belief in the pre-eminence of individual liberty, his rejection of political oppression, and his warning against civic indifference brought about by an isolated individualism. This book may be of interest to students and professors of politics, philosophy and literature. It may also interest literary critics and readers who want to approach Borges s works with a political rather than a literary or a cultural lens."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498547666
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 11/15/2018
Series: Politics, Literature, & Film Series
Pages: 152
Product dimensions: 5.97(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Alejandra M. Salinas is professor of contemporary political and social theory at Universidad Católica Argentina and Universidad Tres de Febrero.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Political Philosophy in Borges

Chapter 2. In Search of a Creative Voice

Chapter 3. Utopia and Untlonic Worlds

Chapter 4. Frontier Encounters and Transformations

Chapter 5. Democratic Sensitivity and Reality

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