Borges and the Basques: Notes on Reading an Invisible Literature
Borges, Basques, Invisible Literature
Critics and readers sometimes unnecessarily limit the scope of what is to be counted as “Basque literature” to texts originally composed in Euskera. In the present study I argue for a hermeneutics of Basque literature that does not seek to identify Basque literature by means of the language of composition, theme, or any particular biographical information about the author. Taking the work of Jorge Luis Borges as a touchstone—and , in particular, his canonical short story, “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote”—I sketch a strategy for reading Basque literature from a minimalist perspective that takes the identity of a Basque literary text to be a function of its capacity to read from a Basque perspective, broadly defined.
Original Publication Citation
Borges and the Basques: Notes on Reading an Invisible Literature.” BOGA: Basque Studies ConsortiumJournal 1.1 (2013): 1-11.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Laraway, David, "Borges and the Basques: Notes on Reading an Invisible Literature" (2013). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 46.