Everything and nothing: On Jorge Luis Borges's "Kafka and His Precursors"

Butler, Rex (2010) Everything and nothing: On Jorge Luis Borges's "Kafka and His Precursors". Romance Quarterly, 57 2: 129-141. doi:10.1080/08831150903504737

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Author Butler, Rex
Title Everything and nothing: On Jorge Luis Borges's "Kafka and His Precursors"
Journal name Romance Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0883-1157
Publication date 2010-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08831150903504737
Volume 57
Issue 2
Start page 129
End page 141
Total pages 13
Place of publication Philadelphia PA, United States
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 2005 Literary Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture
Abstract This article is an analysis of Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges's short text "Kafka and His Precursors." Although appearing to be an example of literary criticism, Borges's essay is in fact the exploration of a certain logical paradox. It is a paradox that is to be found throughout Borges's work, with the result that "Kafka and His Precursors" can be read as a disguised literary manifesto on the part of Borges. I also explore the consequences of Borges's essay for thinking about questions of cultural transmission. I argue that Borges' work lives on-like those literary, religious and philosophical traditions he admires-because its most profound subject is the relationship it has with the person who reads it. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Keyword Borges
Cultural transmission
Logical paradox
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