Borges, Swedenborg and Mysticism (Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas)

Borges, Swedenborg and Mysticism (Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas)

William Rowlandson


Jorge Luis Borges was once profoundly attracted to the ill-defined and shape-shifting traditions of mysticism. in spite of the fact that, earlier stories of Borges haven't keen on the writer’s shut curiosity in mysticism and mystical texts, specially within the Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). This e-book examines the connection among Borges’ personal recorded mystical reviews and his appraisal of Swedenborg and different mystics. It asks the basic query of even if Borges was once a mystic via analysing his writings, together with brief tales, essays, poems and interviews, along scholarly writings on mysticism by way of figures comparable to William James. The e-book locates Borges in the scholarship of mysticism by way of comparing his many assertions and recommendations as to what's or isn't really a mystic and, in so doing, analyses the impression of James and Ralph Waldo Emerson on Borges’ interpreting of Swedenborg and mysticism. the writer argues extra that Swedenborg constitutes a miles richer presence in Borges’ paintings than scholarship has hitherto stated, and assesses the presence of Swedenborg in Borges’ aesthetics, ethics and poetics.

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