Professor Borges

Professor Borges

A Course on English Literature

Book - 2014
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Now in paperback Borges’s erudite and entertaining lectures on English literature from Beowulf to Oscar Wilde.
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.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.”

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2014
ISBN: 9780811222747
0811222748
Branch Call Number: 820.9 B64488p 2014
Characteristics: p. cm

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Apr 11, 2016

The structure of the course is a bit wonky: huge chunks are just left out altogether. The lectures themselves aren't great either. (Worried rookie lecturers and high-school literature teachers take heart.)
But, the extensive notes and introduction and epilogue are superb.

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