Jorge Luis Borges: A Maze of Fictions and Milongas
The aim of this paper is to show two aspects of Borges' artistic production: the one of internationally acclaimed intellectual, the writer of ficciones which informed the works of Umberto Eco, Susan Sontag, Gilles Deleuze, and Michel Foucault, among others; and the other of Borges as a popular icon in Argentina, equal to Gardel, Maradona, Evita and Che Guevara. There could hardly be three terms like maze, fictions and milongas which in one sentence conjure up those two Borges, the Borges of the academe and the popular Borges of the tangueros from the Buenos Aires' suburbs. Ficciones (fictions) is the title of his most famous and influential book (usually known in English versions as Labyrinths) while milongas are arguably his most intimate Argentine poems. Two Borges, one author: the Global and the Local.
Keywords: Literature, Social Identity, Popular Culture, Criollismo
Lecturer, Spanish Program, La Trobe University