The Making of Jorge Luis Borges as an Argentine Cultural Icon

Mariana Casale O'Ryan

MHRA Texts and Dissertations 99

Modern Humanities Research Association

1 May 2014  •  226pp

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Jorge Luis Borges is, undeniably, Argentina’s best-known and most influential writer. In addition to scholarly studies of his work, his emblematic figure continues to appear on book covers and carrier bags, in biographies, plaques and statues, photographs and interviews, as well as cartoons and city tours.

The Making of Jorge Luis Borges as an Argentine Cultural Icon argues that the ideas and expectations that Argentine people have placed upon the author – thus constructing the icon – are also those that allow them to define their cultural identity. The book examines these intertwined processes by analysing the image of Borges in biographies, photographs, comic strips and urban spaces and the socio-political, historical and cultural contexts in which they were produced.

The study seeks not to reveal a Borgesian essence but, rather, to expose the complexity of the ongoing mechanisms which construct Borges the icon. Despite the vast amount of biographical and critical work about the writer that has been produced in Argentina and abroad, The Making of Jorge Luis Borges as an Argentine Cultural Icon is the first in-depth, comprehensive examination of the construction of the author as an Argentine cultural icon.

Contents:

i-iv
Front Matter
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v-vii
Table of Contents
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viii-ix
List of Illustrations
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x-x
List of Abbreviations
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xi-xi
Abstract
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xii-xiii
Acknowledgements
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xiv-xiv
Dedication
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1-23
Introduction
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24-62
Chapter 1 Weaving Through the Threshold: Literary Biographies of Borges
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63-111
Chapter 2 Portrait of the Artist As An Old Man: Images of Borges
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112-151
Chapter 3 Borges Para Sobrevivientes: Culture, Politics and Comic Strips of the 1980s
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152-187
Chapter 4 El Desaforado Caminador: Buenos Aires’s ‘Borgesian Spaces’
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188-191
Conclusion
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192-204
Bibliography
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205-212
INDEX
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Bibliography entry:

O'Ryan, Mariana Casale, The Making of Jorge Luis Borges as an Argentine Cultural Icon, MHRA Texts and Dissertations, 99 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2014)

First footnote reference: 35 Mariana Casale O'Ryan, The Making of Jorge Luis Borges as an Argentine Cultural Icon, MHRA Texts and Dissertations, 99 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2014), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 O'Ryan, p. 47.

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O'Ryan, Mariana Casale. 2014. The Making of Jorge Luis Borges as an Argentine Cultural Icon, MHRA Texts and Dissertations, 99 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (O'Ryan 2014: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 O'Ryan 2014: 21.

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