Borges, Swedenborg and Mysticism (Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas #50) (Paperback)

Borges, Swedenborg and Mysticism (Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas #50) By Claudio Canaparo (Editor), William Rowlandson Cover Image
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This is book number 50 in the Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas series.


Jorge Luis Borges was profoundly interested in the ill-defined and shape-shifting traditions of mysticism. However, previous studies of Borges have not focused on the writer's close interest in mysticism and mystical texts, especially in the Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). This book examines the relationship between Borges' own recorded mystical experiences and his appraisal of Swedenborg and other mystics. It asks the essential question of whether Borges was a mystic by analysing his writings, including short stories, essays, poems and interviews, alongside scholarly writings on mysticism by figures such as William James. The book locates Borges within the scholarship of mysticism by evaluating his many assertions and suggestions as to what is or is not a mystic and, in so doing, analyses the influence of James and Ralph Waldo Emerson on Borges' reading of Swedenborg and mysticism. The author argues further that Swedenborg constitutes a far richer presence in Borges' work than scholarship has hitherto acknowledged, and assesses the presence of Swedenborg in Borges' aesthetics, ethics and poetics.

About the Author

William Rowlandson is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Kent.
Product Details
ISBN: 9783034308113
ISBN-10: 3034308116
Publisher: Peter Lang Ltd, International Academic Publis
Publication Date: February 20th, 2013
Pages: 264
Language: English
Series: Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas