Borges and Kafka: Sons and Writers

Hardcover | February 11, 2017

bySarah Roger

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Sarah Roger investigates Jorge Luis Borges's development as an author in light of Franz Kafka's influence, and in consideration of Borges's relationship with his father, Jorge Guillermo Borges (Borges pere, a failed author). Borges believed that much of Kafka's writing derived from hispersonal experiences, particularly his relationship with his father. This book looks at how reading Kafka helped Borges mediate and make productive use of his own relationship with his father, and it offers a thorough analysis of Borges pere's writing, which is supplemented by an appendix thatreprints Borges pere's poetry for the first time. Borges and Kafka also provides extensive analysis of Kafka's presence in Borges's critical writing, his translations, and the stories that he modelled on Kafka. Particular attention is paid to the concepts that Borges identified as Kafka's obsessions: subordination, infinity, and hierarchicalrelationships, which Borges referred to as the "patria potestad." Roger's analysis is accompanied by an annotated bibliography documenting every mention of Kafka in Borges's writing and a list of every Kafka text Borges read. Kafka's influence is especially evident in the stories where Borges wasopenly imitating Kafka - "La loteria en Babilonia" (1941), "La biblioteca de Babel" (1941), and "El Congreso:" (1971)--but it features throughout Ficciones. Reading Borges's writing in light of his interest in Kafka demonstrates his focus not just on the individual's subordinate place in an infinitehierarchy but also on the repercussions these circumstances had for a struggling author like Borges, who was seeking to define himself through his writing.

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Sarah Roger investigates Jorge Luis Borges's development as an author in light of Franz Kafka's influence, and in consideration of Borges's relationship with his father, Jorge Guillermo Borges (Borges pere, a failed author). Borges believed that much of Kafka's writing derived from hispersonal experiences, particularly his relationship...

Sarah Roger is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, where she is studying the works of the Argentine-Canadian writer and critic Alberto Manguel. Formerly, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Advan...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pagesPublished:February 11, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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A Note on Editions, Translations, and Titles1. Biographical Predecessors and Literary Precursors2. Borges pere and Borges fils3. Reading, Translating, and Writing about Kafka4. Emulating Kafka in Babylon and Babel5. Kafkian Fictions6. The Congress of the World7. Writing about Kafka, Writing about WritingAnnotated Bibliography: Works by Borges that Mention KafkaAppendix I: Works by Kafka that Borges ReadAppendix II: Jorge Guillermo Borges's PoetryBibliographyIndex