By Alexander Beecroft
What constitutes a nation's literature? How do literatures of other nations have interaction with each other? during this groundbreaking learn, Alexander Beecroft develops a brand new state of mind approximately global literature. Drawing on a chain of examples and case experiences, the booklet levels from historic epic to the modern fiction of Roberto Bolaño and Amitav Ghosh.
Moving throughout literary ecologies of various sizes, from small societies to the planet as a complete, the environments during which literary texts are produced and circulated, An Ecology of worldwide Literature locations in discussion scholarly views on historic and smooth, western and non-western texts, navigating literary learn into new and uncharted territory.
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Rufus’ narrative then comes to a halt; and when he resumes a year later, he realizes, upon re-reading his manuscript, that what he has written seems unreal to him because ‘the experiences of two different men are intermingled in it’ (CF, 193). He notes that, while some of his statements would accord with a soldier like Rufus, much of what he has written seems as though written by a poet. In particular, he observes that sprinkled throughout the text are phrases and expressions taken from Homer. Not only do we as readers already suspect that the real author of the pages we have just read is Cartaphilus, but Rufus/Cartaphilus begin to suspect – although this is never explicitly spelled out – that not only have they once met Homer but that they actually are Homer.
And, given that the number of streams in the world is not infinite and that immortals have an infinite amount of time to look, the Immortals are certain eventually to find this stream. Now, this might appear as though the immortal must do an infinite number of things, that everything must find its opposite, before the second stream can be found. It would be as though the search for this stream involves a literally endless journey, crossing all the countries in the known world, as it is depicted in the story.
The story originally appeared in Sur in May 1939, and is often claimed to be Borges’ first. It is said in a well-known and often-repeated anecdote – first told by Borges himself – that it was written after Borges had spent several weeks in hospital hovering between life and death after contracting septicaemia, and that he wanted to see if he had recovered by trying to write something he had never written before: a short story. In fact, Borges had already written the story ‘The Approach to Al-Mu’tasim’.