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Williamson, E. Borges as a Public Intellectual. . The Challenges of Building a Post-Colonial Nation. Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch, 63(1), 177-203.
Williamson, Edwin "Borges as a Public Intellectual. The Challenges of Building a Post-Colonial Nation. " Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch 63.1, 2022, 177-203.
Williamson, Edwin (2022): Borges as a Public Intellectual, in: Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch, vol. 63, iss. 1, 177-203, [online]


Borges as a Public Intellectual

The Challenges of Building a Post-Colonial Nation

Williamson, Edwin

Literaturwissenschaftliches Jahrbuch, Vol. 63 (2022), Iss. 1 : pp. 177–203

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Edwin Williamson (Oxford)


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Jorge Luis Borges is widely regarded as a man who lived in a kind of literary utopia and for whom creative writing was a self-referential game or an ironic »re-writing« of previous texts. Related to this perception is the view that he was indifferent to politics, if not actually a reactionary who in the 1970s supported the repressive military dictatorships in Argentina and Chile. However, this article sets out to demonstrate that Borges was deeply imbued with a sense of history and was, in fact, a public intellectual who spoke out at every major crisis in Argentina’s turbulent and often dangerous politics.

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Section Title Page Action Price
Edwin Williamson: Borges as a Public Intellectual. The Challenges of Building a Post-colonial Nation 177
Abstract 177
The Question of National Identity 178
The Mythologizing of Buenos Aires 180
The Década Infame (1932–1943) 185
Borges Against Perón 189
La Revolución Libertadora and Its Aftermath 194
The 1976 coup d’état 198
The Final Years 200
Primary Sources 202
Secondary Sources 203