Religion and Jorge Luis Borges
This panel within the March 5-8 2020 NeMLA conference in Boston is dedicated to a discussion of the ways that religion intertwines with fiction in the work of Jorge Luis Borges.
Your presentation might consider one or several of the following questions:
How did Jorge Luis Borges draw from and transform different theological traditions in his fiction and poetry?
Are there interesting relationships between Borges's fictionalized theologies and literary theory? How do they correspond to his ideas about fiction?
Do different religious traditions respond to separate aspects of the author’s literary project, or do they overlap and combine? What functions to they serve?
Is there one particular theological tradition that Borges represents in a way that has not been fully understood?
My interest in this topic is based in the research I presented within 'Borges Beyond the Visible' (Penn State University Press 2019), which positions a transformed ‘Islam’ at the center of many of Borges’s most influential stories and connects it to both the influence of Macedonio Fernández and Borges's own relationship with blindness. I look forward to facilitating a dialogue that opens toward new ways of interpreting the tensions and overlaps between theology, faith, and irreverence in Borges's work.
Here is the link to the panel within the NeMLA website. https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18269
On that page you will be able to submit an abstract once you have registered for the conference. I recommend registering and submitting the abstract there several days before the deadline (September 25, perhaps) to avoid complications. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions via email. The abstract should be a succinct description of your presentation that provides as many specific details as possible.
Max Ubelaker Andrade is Assistant Teaching Professor in Latin American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.