Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature

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New Directions Publishing, Jul 22, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 288 pages

In English at last, Borges’s erudite and entertaining lectures on English literature from Beowulf to Oscar Wilde

Writing for Harper’s Magazine, Edgardo Krebs describes Professor Borges:“A compilation of the twenty-five lectures Borges gave in 1966 at the University of Buenos Aires, where he taught English literature. Starting with the Vikings’ kennings and Beowulf and ending with Stevenson and Oscar Wilde, the book traverses a landscape of ‘precursors,’cross-cultural borrowings, and genres of expression, all connected by Borges into a vast interpretive web. This is the most surprising and useful of Borges’s works to have appeared posthumously.”

Borges takes us on a startling, idiosyncratic, fresh, and highly opinionated tour of English literature, weaving together countless cultural traditions of the last three thousand years. Borges’s lectures — delivered extempore by a man of extraordinary erudition — bring the canon to remarkably vivid life. Now translated into English for the first time, these lectures are accompanied by extensive and informative notes by the Borges scholars Martín Arias and Martín Hadis. 

 

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Edited and translated transcripts of recordings of a university class in English literature taught in the fall of 1966 by the celebrated Argentinian author.In 1966, Borges (1899-1986) had been ... Read full review

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Contents

Beowulf as compared
12
The Battle of Maldon Christian poetry
35
The two hooks written by God The AngloSaxon bestiary
57
A brief history until the eighteenth century The life
71
Samuel johnson as seen by Boswell The art ofbiography
88
Life of William Wordsworth The Prelude and other
108
Coleridges final years Coleridge compared to Dante
127
Life of Thomas Carlyle Sartor Resartus by Carlyle
148
The life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti Evaluation of Rossetti
180
Rossetti s poem Rossetti as seen by Max Nordau The
191
The life of William Morris The three subjects worthy
212
The Tune of the Seven Towers The Sailing of
224
The Story of Sigurd the Volsung by William Morris
236
New Arabian
244
Epilogue
252
Copyright

The life ofRobert Browning The obscurity of his work
164

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Jorge Luis Borges (1890-1982), Argentine poet, critic, and short-story writer, revolutionized modern literature. He was completely blind when appointed the head of Argentina’s National Library.

KATHERINE SILVER is an award-winning liter- ary translator and the codirector of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC). Her translations include works by Ce´sar Aira, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Jose´ Emilio Pacheco, Elena Poniatowska, Jorge Franco, and Marti´n Ada´n, among others.

Martín Hadis is a professor, writer, and researcher.

Martín Arias is a writer, journalist, and senior researcher at the National Library's Center for Research in Argentina.

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