P20
Borges' posthumous novels: legacy, criticism and the contemporary novel

Convenors:
Carlos Fonseca (Princeton University)
Location:
Malet 351
Start time:
4 April, 2014 at 9:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel aims to discuss those aspects of Jorge Luis Borges' work that become visible the moment his intuitions regarding the short story become intuitions regarding the novel.

Long abstract:

As is well know, Jorge Luis Borges never wrote a novel. However, as Ignacio Echevarría's praise for Roberto Bolaño's The Savage Detectives - "the novel that Borges would have agree to write" - makes evident, the contemporary novel has flourished amidst speculations of what the genre might have looked like if Borges had dared to play with it. Contemporary authors from Cesar Aira to Ricardo Piglia, from Roberto Bolaño to Enrique Vila-Matas, from Juan Villoro to Mario Bellatín, not to mention international authors like W.G. Sebald and Paul Auster, have all worked this Borgesian legacy with a great understanding of what the gesture entails. Writing a novel after Borges not only requires thinking about the difference between the short story and the novel as genre, but also elicits a series of questions already implicit within Borges' work. This panel aims to discuss those aspects of Jorge Luis Borges' work that become visible the moment his intuitions regarding the short story become intuitions regarding the novel. Possible topics include but are not limited to: • Borges and the Question of Legacy • Borges and the Ends of Fiction • Borges and the Detective Novel • Borges and the Critical Novel • The Novel and Speculation • Questions of Genre • Theories of the Novel