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  • Primary bibliography — 2,800 entries
  • Secondary bibliography — 5,000 entries

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TIME PERIOD: 1899–1986

 

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Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) is considered by many scholars, critics and readers to be the greatest contemporary Spanish-American writer. The works of this acclaimed Argentine poet, essayist, novelist and short-story writer influenced thought, writing and creativity worldwide.  Next to Cervantes, no other writer in the Spanish language has received as much scholarly attention. 

The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges provides a detailed bibliographic tool to research the manuscripts and letters, books, periodicals, photographs, audio and video recordings, newspaper and magazine clippings, and other documents — written by Borges and about Borges.  It is an unrivaled resource essential for every scholar and student of Spanish literature and culture.  

Summary:  The writings of Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) are an undisputed part of the Spanish language canon in comparative literature, translation and cultural studies — present in every graduate-level curriculum in Spanish literature departments and in the vast majority of undergraduate programs.  The Life and Times  of Jorge Luis Borges is the only, online bibliographic search tool that allows scholars and students to conduct in-depth research on the works, life and times of this acclaimed Argentine poet, essayist, novelist and short-story writer.  

This online resource includes:

  • Full-text search capability.  The entire corpus of Borges' works has been XML-annotated, allowing researchers the unprecedented ability to search not just for a single term, but for all instances that relate to that term. Because of copyright restrictions, the texts themselves are not included, but with the information provided, researchers will easily find them in most libraries
  • A complete primary bibliography of more than 2,800 entries.  All Borges' works are listed, including very rare and unpublished texts and English translations where they exist. Every record features complete publication information, publication history of the text, a list of all periodicals and books where it was published and links to the bibliographic record for each of these publications
  • A large, fully indexed secondary bibliography.  Users are provided with easy access to the voluminous number of dissertations, interviews, articles, criticism, books, press coverage and more concerning Borges, his works and his cultural and intellectual influence.   Currently there are over 5,000 entries, from 1923 to present — indexed from more than 2,000 books, 1,600 periodicals and several thousand newspaper clippings. Sources include foreign publications dealing with the historically important reception of Borges in the United States and France.  Many entries include full-text images — especially those published before 1950 — taken from little-known journals or newspapers that no longer exist
  • An index with access to 3,200 names. Short biographical statements appear with each search and results can be limited to complete works, essays, poetry or fiction
  • An encyclopedia with 1,000 entries of the most important subjects about which Borges wrote. The encyclopedia indexes the complete collection

The interface and the majority of content in The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges is in Spanish.  The collection includes thousands of records with cross-references, allowing the user to navigate among different resources while researching one of the twentieth century's most important literary, intellectual and cultural figures.

Full-text search capabilities allow researchers to search the entire corpus of Borges' works for every reference to a particular term.

Significance:  Jorge Luis Borges is considered by many scholars, critics and readers as the greatest contemporary Spanish-American writer. Next to Cervantes, no other writer in the Spanish language has received as much scholarly attention. His writings were the single most important influence on the Latin American boom of the 1960s which produced extraordinary literature and led to greater worldwide acceptance of Latin American writers and thought.  This collection provides a detailed search/bibliographic tool for learning about his works and his life.

Subjects in The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges cover a panorama of history, literature, philosophy, art, politics, linguistics and culture. Thus, The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges is not only an invaluable source for Latin American studies but also a beginning point for cultural studies.

Source:  This product is sourced from the Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo in Buenos  Aires, Argentina, which contains the world’s largest collection of materials related to Borges’ life and works. The collection was begun in 1986 and includes manuscripts and letters, books, periodicals, photographs, audio and video recordings, newspaper and magazine clippings, and other objects and documents. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges is based on this extensive collection and is the first bibliographic database to provide access to a wide range of materials on Borges including rare and unindexed materials from national and provincial newspapers and journals.

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An invaluable search/bibliographic tool for research on one of the twentieth century's most important literary, intellectual and cultural figures.

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