Leer a Borges en cuanto busqueda rizomatica : lectura esa que es incesante reescritura
Shellhorse, Adam Joseph
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This thesis arises from a critical conjecture: we hypothesize that there is an essence, a center and a specific logic to the work of Jorge Luis Borges. This is our problematic. In the context of deconstructed essence, of displaced and shifting paradigms, of a logic of difference, which incessantly challenges the very foundation of logic, reason, we read, encounter, and touch essence in Borges. We clarify, delimit and elucidate this postmodern problem from a precise and theoretical stance: all reading, all textual interpretation, and hence, all literary creation is rewriting. This is the impossible center, the elusive and shifting frame of reference. This center, this essence—always absolutely other—is the reader. This reader, our center, reads in order to proliferate, endless and infinite, the idea of text, the underpinning concept of all literature. We explore this idea from three theoretical vantages: 1) the act of reading, or literary reception; 2) the act of creating, or literary production; and 3) the act of rereading and the act of rewriting. We thus formulate, from within the work of Borges, a three step hermeneutic: lecture/conjecture/rewriting. We propose that this hermeneutic is not only useful for interpreting Borges, but more significantly, it is that which constitutes and underlies Borges’ poetics.