The grounds for comparison of this superb study on Borges and Kafka are incontrovertible. As Sarah Roger's usefully annotated bibliography makes clear, Jorge Luis Borges wrote sixty-five pieces that mention or discuss Kafka, beginning in 1935 and ending in 1995 (131–48). Her first appendix lists all of the stories by Kafka that Borges “mentioned by name, reviewed or translated” (149). In her multiply sectioned bibliography, there are two sections of Borges's translations of Kafka: the first lists eleven translations of Kafka attributed to Borges alone; the second lists seven translations of Kafka attributed to Borges in collaboration with others, usually Adolfo Bioy Casares. She has also done her homework in the secondary literature concerning criticism that focuses specifically on Borges and Kafka. Here she lists thirty-four essays (two of which are hers), seven dissertations, and three books. A more general section on secondary sources lists interpretations of Kafka, general studies...
Borges and Kafka: Sons and Writers
michael palencia-roth is a Trowbridge Scholar in Literary Studies and Emeritus Professor of Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois, and Senior Advisor in comparative ethical thought at the Institute of Moralogy of Reitaku University, Japan. He taught for 30 years at the University of Illinois, taking early retirement in 2007. He has published books and monographs (authored and edited) on Gabriel García Márquez, Thomas Mann, James Joyce, the conquest period in Latin America, the Holocaust, Comparative Literature as a discipline, recent Colombian literature, and comparative civilizational analysis.
Michael Palencia-Roth; Borges and Kafka: Sons and Writers. Comparative Literature Studies 15 May 2018; 55 (2): 434–438. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/complitstudies.55.2.0434
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