Jorge Luis Borges World Literature Analysis - Essay

Jorge Luis Borges World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Borges is often included among writers described as postmodernists. Postmodernism, a literary movement whose influence has steadily increased since the middle of the twentieth century, is characterized by literature that meditates upon the processes of its own construction. Because of their inherent self-reflectiveness and circularity, Borges’s stories provide a good example of such “metafiction.” Borges is also known for his innovative literary techniques and an austere, polished craftsmanship.

The avant-garde intellectuals of early twentieth century Argentina, including Borges, conceived of literary activity as intellectual play. In Borges’s “La lotería en Babilonia” (“The Babylon Lottery”), for...

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