Professor Borges by Jorge Luis Borges
A Course on English Literature

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A sobering, even startling, view of an academic world that has fundamentally altered and softened in the last half-century.
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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. 

 

About Jorge Luis Borges

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Considerado uno de los escritores más influyentes del siglo XX en cualquier idioma, la obra de Jorge Luis Borges continúa inspirando a nuevas generaciones de lectores gracias al deslumbrante poder de sus imágenes y la inmensa profundidad de sus temas.
 
Published July 22, 2013 by New Directions. 281 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Giles Harvey on May 30 2013

Professor Borges, then, is a translation of a transcription of a series of apparently extemporised lectures, and this, unfortunately, is how it reads.

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by Martin Riker on Sep 13 2013

"If a book bores you, leave it," Borges told an interviewer in 1979. "Don't read it because it is famous, don't read it because it is modern, don't read a book because it is old . . . continue to look for personal happiness, personal enjoyment." This spirit is the real subject of "Professor Borges," and is the best reason to read the book.

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Kirkus

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on Mar 17 2013

A sobering, even startling, view of an academic world that has fundamentally altered and softened in the last half-century.

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Michael Hingston on Jul 19 2013

That panoramic passion and erudition has been captured once more, this time in a more informal setting, in Professor Borges...

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