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Borges
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Borges cites innumerable authors in the pages making up his life’s work, and innumerable authors have cited and continue to cite him. More than a figure, then, the quotation is an integral part of the fabric of his writing, a fabric made anew by each reading and each re-citation it undergoes, in the never-ending throes of a work-in-progress. Block de Behar makes of this reading a plea for the very art of communication; a practice that takes community not in the totalized and totalizable soil of pre-established definitions or essences, but on the ineluctable repetitions that constitute language as such, and that guarantee the expansiveness—through etymological coincidences of meaning, through historical contagions, through translinguistic sharings of particular experiences—of a certain index of universality.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. The Interpretive Fix and the Fixations of Fiction: The Ars Interpretans of Lisa Block de Behar
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. 1. First Words
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. 2. Variations on a Letter Avant-la-lettre
  2. pp. 5-14
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  1. 3. Paradoxa Ortodoxa
  2. pp. 15-30
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  1. 4. On “Ultrarealism”: Borges and Bioy Casares (The Interlacing of the Imagination and Memory on the Thresholds of Other Worlds)
  2. pp. 31-41
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  1. 5. A Complexly Woven Plot: Borges, Bioy Casares, Blanqui (Conjectures and Conjunctions at the Limits of Possible Worlds)
  2. pp. 43-54
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  1. 6. Theoretical Invention in Fiction: Marvels, Miracles, and the Gazes of Miranda
  2. pp. 55-69
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  1. 7. The Ironies of a Blind Seer
  2. pp. 71-91
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  1. 8. Symbols and the Search for Unity
  2. pp. 93-105
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  1. 9. The Paradoxes of Paradoxes
  2. pp. 107-121
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  1. 10. Vox in Deserto: Borges and the Story of Sand
  2. pp. 123-132
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  1. 11. The Mystery of the Name
  2. pp. 133-140
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  1. 12. The Imagination of Knowledge
  2. pp. 141-148
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  1. 13. The Place of the Library
  2. pp. 149-164
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 165-200
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 201-206
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