Jorge Luis Borges: Selected Study Materials on the Web

Compiled by Ralph Dumain


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Google Doodle 24 August 2011:
Jorge Luis Borges (24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986)
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Jorge Luis Borges - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Recognition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Borges: Garden of Forking Paths

    Borges - Quotations

Borges Center

     A Dictionary of Borges by Evelyn Fishburn & Psiche Hughes (270-page book)
     Borges, a Writer on the Edge by Beatriz Sarlo. London: Verso, 1993
     Spinoza in Borges' looking-glass by Marcelo Abadi
     “Borges’s Monsters: Unnatural Wholes and the Transformation of Genre” by Lois Parkinson Zamora
     Resemblance Made Absolutely Exact: Borges and Royce on Maps and Media by John Durham Peters, Variaciones Borges 25 (2008)
     Borges Via the Dialectics of Berkeley and Hume by Marina Martín
     Wells and Borges and the Labyrinths of Time by Robert M. Philmus, Science-Fiction Studies 10.4 (1974)
     The Victory of Nominalism: Nobody Is Anything Else? An Approach To Borges's "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" (Manuscript) by Silvia G. Dapía
     Borges' Refutation of Nominalism in "Funes el memorioso" by Jon Stewart, Variaciones Borges 2
     Idealism in Two Stories from The Book of Sand by Jon Stewart, Variaciones Borges 7
     The Reflexive Function of Parody by Michele Hannoosh

The Garden of Jorge Luis Borges
Site of Paul M. Willenberg

Babel Borges

Other Inquisitions: 1937-1952 by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by Ruth L. C. Simms
    Introduction by James Irby (on this page)
    "The Modesty of History" by Jorge Luis Borges (on this page)

Avatars of the Tortoise” by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by J. E. I.

On the Cult of Books” by Jorge Luis Borges

Stories and Summaries

     The Circular Ruins (Full Text)
     The Library of Babel (Full Text)

Jorge Luis Borges Poems @ PoemHunter.com

    Poems about Borges

Jorge Luis Borges: MENÚ DE POEMAS

Everness by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by A.Z. Foreman,
with the original Spanish poem: text & sound file

Nostalgia for the Present by Jorge Luis Borges

'The Analytical Language of John Wilkins' (originally 'El idioma analítico de John Wilkins' ) by Jorge Luis Borges
    Translated by Lilia Graciela Vázquez
    Translated by Will Fitzgerald
    Spanish original & English translation

Before Esperanto..., Jeremy's journal (READIN blog), 2 November 2009

Llull, Bruno, Borges, and the fourth dimension

Borges on Hinton

Charles Hinton and His Cubes by David Auerbach

Preface to Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles", by Jorge Luis Borges by Jorge Luis Borges
(trans. “Captain Wilder”; translation also plus additional comments son the Ray Bradbury site)

Bradbury, Borges, and the Future of Media by Austin Allen (Big Think)

Spinoza by Jorge Luis Borges, poem in Spanish

PARÍS, 1856 (Borges poem about Heine in Spanish)

Paris, 1856 by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by Robert Mezey

The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges

The Secret Miracle” by Jorge Luis Borges

Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote by Jorge Luis Borges

Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote by Jorge Luis Borges

Pierre Menard, author of the Principia by Basileios Drolias

"Borges and I" / "Borges y Yo" by Jorge Luis Borges
    Borges y Yo (Borges reads in Spanish [YouTube])
    Translation in Labyrinths + comments by Gale Rhodes
    Translation in Labyrinths
    Borges and I, Borges Y Yo (Antonios Sarhanis)

"The Witness" by Jorge Luis Borges
     Translation by Andrew 
Hurley
     Translation by Norman Thomas di Giovanni
     Translation by Anthony Kerrigan
     Translation by Mildred Boyer
     Translation by Andras Corban Arthen

Blindness (1977) by Jorge Luis Borges

A Conversation With Jorge Luis Borges by Daniel Bourne (April 25, 1980) in Artful Dodge

A New Refutation of Time” (1947) by Jorge Luis Borges

Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” by Jorge Luis Borges. In English and Spanish.

The Aleph
(‘El Aleph’, 1945, by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by Norman Thomas Di Giovanni)

The Aleph (short story) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

United Infinity: Borges & The Aleph (2009)
by Zachary McCune

Hopelessness and Potency: Borges' "El Aleph"
by Santiago Colas

"Wells and Borges and the Labyrinths of Time" by Robert M. Philmus, Science-Fiction Studies 10.4 (1974)

Bodying Forth the Impossible: Metamorphosis, Mortality, and Aesthetics in the Works of Jorge Luis Borges
by Heather Lisa Dubnick

The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel by William Goldbloom Bloch, Oxford University Press, 2008

Borges, Nietzsche, Cantor: Narratives of Influence by Gisle Selnes, Ciberletras 6

Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pierre Menard (fictional character) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Why Jorge Luis Borges Wished He Was an 'Israelite': A Poet's Abstract Embrace of a People as a Literary Symbol
by Ilan Stavans
The Jewish Daily Forward, August 6, 1999

In Borges' Shadow
(Review of The Lesson of the Master by Norman Thomas Di Giovanni)
by Kimberly Brown
Janus Head, Summer 2005 | 8.1

An Eternal Engine by Wayne Clements
[on Llull, Swift, Borges, & computer-generated writing]

"Text" and "Network", Reconsidered (2007)
by Florian Cramer

Words Made Flesh: Code, Culture, Imagination (2005)
by Florian Cramer

Literary Philosophers: Borges, Calvino, Eco, edited by Jorge J. E. Gracia, Carolyn Korsmeyer, Rodolphe Gasché. New York: Routledge, 2002. Contents. See also excerpt from Zamora.

Acknowledgmnents
Carolyn Korsmeyer, “Literary Philosophers: Introductory Remarks,” pp. 1-13.
Deborah Knight, “Intersections: Philosophy and Literature, or Why Ethical Criticism Prefers Realism,” pp. 15-26.
Irwin, William. “Philosophy and the Philosophical, Literature and the Literary, Borges and the Labyrinthine ,” pp. 27-45.
Lois Parkinson Zamora, “Borges’s Monsters: Unnatural Wholes and the Transformation of Genre,” pp. 47-84.
Jorge J. E. Gracia, “Borges’s ‘Pierre Menard’: Philosophy or Literature?”, pp. 85-107. Expanded & revised version of original journal article (see below).
Anthony J. Cascardi, “Mimesis and Modernism: The Case of Jorge Luis Borges,” pp. 109-127.
Elizabeth Millán-Zaibert, “A Method for the New Millennium: Calvino and Irony,” pp. 129-148.
Henry Sussman, “The Writing of the System: Borges’s Library and Calvino’s Traffic,” pp. 149-164.
Rocco Capozzi, “Knowledge and Cognitive Practices in Eco’s Labyrinths of Intertextuality,” pp. 165-184.
Wladimir Krysinski, “Borges, Calvino, Eco: The Philosophies of Metafiction,” pp. 185-204.
Ermanno Bencivenga, “Philosophy and Literature in Calvino’s Tales,” pp. 205-221.
Bibliography
Notes on Contributors
Index

Borges’s ‘Pierre Menard’: Philosophy or Literature?” by Jorge J. E. Gracia, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, vol. 59, no. 1, Winter 2001, pp. 45-57. See also my review: Borges Revisited (10): ‘Pierre Menard’: Philosophy or Literature?.

"Chaosmos of Labyrinths" HTML | PDF
by Liberato Santoro-Brienza
Vanderbilt e-Journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies 3 (2006). (Special issue: Borges escritor del siglo XXI)

"Borges as Antiphilosopher" HTML | PDF
by Bruno Bosteels
Vanderbilt e-Journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies 3 (2006): 23-31. (Special issue: Borges escritor del siglo XXI)

"The Truth Is In the Making: Borges and Pragmatism" BNET | Scribd
by Bruno Bosteels
The Romanic Review 98.2-3 (2007): 135-151

Jorge Luis Borges and WJ
by Jaime Nubiola
Streams of William James, Volume 1, Issue 3, Winter 2000

WJ and Borges Again: The Riddle of the Correspondence with Macedonio Fernández
by Jaime Nubiola
Streams of William James, Volume 3, Issue 2, Fall 2001

Macedonio Fernández: The Man Who Invented Borges
Essay by Marcelo Ballvé

Does Everything Exist to End up in a Book? Mallarmé and the Aftermath
by Nadežda Čačinovič

Borges, the Apologist for Idealism
Marina Martín
Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy, Boston, Massachusetts, August 10-15, 1998

Borges, Nietzsche, Cantor: Narratives of Influence
Gisle Selnes

Games With Infinity: The Fictions of Jorge Luis Borges
Martin Johnston

Borges in his parallel universes
by Niven Kumar
The Galilean Library, 2007

Forgotten but Not Gone
by Eric Benson
Guernica, July 2011

Political Philosophy in Borges: Fallibility, Liberal Anarchism And Civic Ethics
by Alejandra Salinas

Meta-Borges: A Magyar Meditation on Masters, Maori and Meaning
by Patricia Fox
Variaciones Borges 4 (1997) p. 154-169
(Note Géza Ottlik, James Baldwin

Norman Thomas di Giovanni

Bruno Bosteels
Professor of Spanish Literature, Cornell University

"Borges, Ethics, Politics," lecture, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C., July 13, 2006

Jorge Luis Borges @ Ĝirafo


Video & Audio

Borges: Spinoza's Sonnet

Jorge Luis Borges: The Mirror Man


Borges in Esperanto

Jorge Luis Borges en Esperanto


Borges in Ido

“La Biblioteko di Babel” da Jorge Luis Borges, tradukita da James Chandler [ in Ido]
ĉe retejo International Auxiliary Languages de James Chandler:
interlanguages.net (aktuala retejo) aŭ reocities (malnova retejo)


On this site

Selected Non-fictions: Table of Contents by Jorge Luis Borges; Eliot Weinberger (ed.,tr.), Esther Allen (tr.), Suzanne Jill Levine (tr.)

"The Congress" by Jorge Luis Borges

"Spinoza" poem by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by Richard Howard & César Rennert

Spinoza” by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by Yirmiyahu Yovel

"Baruch Spinoza" — poem by Jorge Luis Borges

Nota Preliminar (1945) de Jorge Luis Borges, prefacio de / preface to Pragmatismo [Pragmatism] de William James

On “The Congress” by Jorge Luis Borges: Observations and Questions
by Ralph Dumain

On “The Aleph” by Jorge Luis Borges: Observations and Questions
by Ralph Dumain

On “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote” by Jorge Luis Borges
by Ralph Dumain

Borges Ironizing Idealism: I Dream Too Much
by Ralph Dumain

Borges blog entries [start in old blog]

Borges (1): “Borges, Politics and Ethics” lecture by Dr. Bruno Bosteels
Borges Revisited (2)
Borges Revisited (3): “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote”
Borges Revisited (4): The Book of Sand
Borges Revisited (5): The Book of Sand (continued)
Borges Revisited (6): More Fictions
Borges Revisited (7): More Poems Online
Borges Revisited (8): Still More Poems
Borges Revisited (9): Essays
Borges Revisited (10): ‘Pierre Menard’: Philosophy or Literature?
Borges Revisited (11): More Essays: Lectures & Prologues
Borges Revisited (12): New Refutation of Time
Borges en Esperanto
Leibniz

Borges Revisited (14) [in new blog]

Stanislaw Lem on Jorge Luis Borges (Borges 16)

Stanislaw Lem on Borges & genre

Borges, Magritte, & Escher by Ralph Dumain

"‘Philosophy’ and ‘Literature’: Relationships of Genres and the Frontiers of Thought" by Ralph Dumain

Walter Benjamin and Ars Combinatoria by Ralph Dumain

A Taxonomy of Surreal Taxonomists by Prentiss Riddle

Borges’s Monsters & Ars Combinatoria by Lois Parkinson Zamora
    (excerpt from “Borges’s Monsters: Unnatural Wholes and the Transformation of Genre”)

The Cyclical Night: Irony in James Joyce and Jorge Luis Borges by L. A. Murrilo

From “Prologue to the Never-Seen” by Macedonio Fernández

The First Good Meta-Novel? by Ralph Dumain

Gustav Spiller Against the Fourth Dimension

"Popes, Kings & Cultural Studies: Placing the commitment to non-disciplinarity in historical context"
   by Karl Maton

Definition of ’Pataphysics by Alfred Jarry

Géza OTTLIK (1912 - 1990) Study Guide & Bibliography

Robert Zend (Hungarian-Canadian writer, 1929-1985): Dedications, Works, Links

Ways of Thinking (artificial intelligence, cognitive science, Hungarian literature) by László Mérő

On the General Characteristic” by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Leibniz on the Universal Characteristic

Philosophical and Universal Languages, 1600-1800, and Related Themes: Selected Bibliography

Leibniz & Ideology: Selected Bibliography

Irony in Philosophy, Romanticism, and Criticism: Selected Bibliography

Reflexivity & Situatedness Study Guide

Philosophical Style: Selected Bibliography

Gary Saul Morson: Genre, Utopia, Sideshadowing, Tempics, Prosaics, Parody, Misanthropology, Philosophy, Literary Theory, Borges: Select Bibliography

Surrealism: Selected Links

Stéphane Mallarmé, Grand Oeuvre, Le Livre: Selected Resources in English

Exotica, Curiosa, Crankery, Hoaxes, Cultural & Intellectual Arcana: Selected Web Guide & Bibliography

Science Fiction & Utopia Research Resources: A Selective Work in Progress

Sciencfikcio & Utopia Literaturo en Esperanto / Science Fiction & Utopian Literature in Esperanto: Gvidilo / A Guide


Supplementary Bibliography

Borges, Jorge Luis. "E. S. Pankhurst, Delphos, or the Future of the International Language [review]" (1939), in Selected Non-Fictions, edited by Eliot Weinberger; translated by Esther Allen, Suzanne Jill Levine, and Eliot Weinberger (New York: Viking, 1999), pp. 194-195.

Borges takes up artificial language in later essays and stories. Projects, languages and figures mentioned here are: John Wilkins, Letellier, Volapük (Schleyer), Esperanto, Neutral Idiom, Interlingua (Peano), Dr. Henry Sweet, with a sample sentence in Idiom Neutral.

Borges, Jorge Luis. "Ramón Llull's Thinking Machine" (1937), in Selected Non-Fictions, edited by Eliot Weinberger; translated by Esther Allen, Suzanne Jill Levine, and Eliot Weinberger (New York: Viking, 1999), pp. 155-159.

Borges assesses Llull's thinking machine (composed of movable disks enabling myriad combinations of elementary ideas) useless, an absurdity for philosophical purposes but perhaps useful as a literary device. Borges adduces two diagrams, the first a diagram of divine attributes, the second, of Llull's thinking machine. It unworkability is illustrated by Borges using one of his favorite symbols, a tiger. The device is ridiculed in Swift's Gulliver's Travels. Of the first diagram, Borges suggests that the theological subject matter would not be rewarding today.

We now know that the concepts of goodness, greatness, wisdom, power, and glory are incapable of engendering an appreciable revelation. We (who are basically no less naive than Llull) would load the machine differently, no doubt with the words Entropy, Time, Electrons, Potential Energy, Fourth Dimension, Relativity, Protons, Einstein. Or with Surplus Value, Proletariat, Capitalism, Class Struggle, Dialectical Materialism, Engels. [157]

Lem, Stanislaw. “Unitas Oppositorum: The Prose of Jorge Luis Borges,” in Microworlds: Writings on Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Franz Rottensteiner (New York: Harvest / HBJ, 1986), pp. 233-242. See also Stanislaw Lem on Jorge Luis Borges (Borges 16).

Ogden, Thomas H. “Borges and the Art of Mourning,” Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 10 (1): 65–88, 2000. Full text available to subscribers at Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing. Also in Conversations at the Frontier of Dreaming, partly readable at Google books.

Stavans, Ilan. “Borges and the Future,” Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 17, No. 1, March 1990, pp. 77-83. Abstract only. Full text at JSTOR. On Lem on Borges.

Thinking with Borges, edited by William Egginton and David E. Johnson, editors. Aurora, CO: Davies Group, Publishers, 2009.


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