Borges, Swedenborg and Mysticism

By (author) Rowlandson, William

Jorge Luis Borges was profoundly interested in the ill-defined and shape-shifting traditions of mysticism. However, previous studies of Borges have not focused on the writer's close interest in mysticism and mystical texts, especially in the Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). This book examines the relationship between Borges' own recorded mystical experiences and his appraisal of Swedenborg and other mystics. It asks the essential question of whether Borges was a mystic by analysing his writings, including short stories, essays, poems and interviews, alongside scholarly writings on mysticism by figures such as William James. The book locates Borges within the scholarship of mysticism by evaluating his many assertions and suggestions as to what is or is not a mystic and, in so doing, analyses the influence of James and Ralph Waldo Emerson on Borges' reading of Swedenborg and mysticism. The author argues further that Swedenborg constitutes a far richer presence in Borges' work than scholarship has hitherto acknowledged, and assesses the presence of Swedenborg in Borges' aesthetics, ethics and poetics.

「Nielsen BookData」より


  • Contents: The tension between scepticism and religious feeling in Borges - Borges' reading of Dante and Swedenborg - Was Borges a mystic, and does it matter? - William James and Borges as a scholar of mysticism - The influence of Swedenborg on Borges - Borges and Jung.

「Nielsen BookData」より


書名 Borges, Swedenborg and Mysticism
著作者等 Rowlandson, William
シリーズ名 Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas 50
出版元 Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
刊行年月 2013.02.20
ページ数 266p
大きさ H225 x W150
ISBN 9783034308113
ISSN 16614720
言語 英語
出版国 スイス