September 23, 2014

Homework Help: Spanish

Posted by Jacke on Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 5:27pm.

What did Jorge Luis Borges fight for and what did he fight against? What were the measures he used to bring about change and was it peaceful or not...please do not say wikipedia because i cant find it in there thanks

What you need will be in one of these two bios.



Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. Here are a few of my favorite sites for JLB:

1. http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0824.html

2. http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/users/00/pwillen1/lit/index3.htm

Many of my favorite sites for this "blind visionary" are in Spanish.

Hey can u narrow it down i cant find it in the articles thx

Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. What thoughts do YOU have on this subject? If you want a personal opinion from someone who has spent a lifetime studying and teaching JLB's works, he was a peaceful man who spent his lifetime in the library. He did his work as quickly as he could so he would have the rest of the time to read. He was fluent in Spanish, French, English, Latin and German and lectured here in the U.S.A He taught himself to read Italian, Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse and admired the philosophy of Schopenhauer. When we studied his work we had at hand: an English/English dictionary, a Spanish/Spanish dictionary, an English/Spanish and Spanish/English dictionary, an Encyclopedia, an Atlas, etc. = he was that erudite that many students who wanted to know what he had to say quickly, never studied his works! He did not write for the "masses."

He was a freethinker interested in -psychology, metaphysics, English poetry and Asian literature, mysteries of Zeno's paradoxes and Berkeleian idealism. He was raised to revere his nineteenth century military forebears, who had fought in Argentina's wars of independence and national consolidation. Both his fraility and sedateness of the times in which he lived denied him heroism. He definitely had an influence on Latin-American literature.

Many, particularly during the 1970's and 1980's criticized Borges for his refusal to speak out against harsh Latin American political realities. It may well be that his elitist political posture cost him the Nobel Prize in literature. However, throughout his life, Borges defended freedom of another kind by championing free-ranging intellectual play, unconstrained by ideological or rhetorical dogma. His example has had a freeing effect on the imagination of many both within and outside of the Hispanic world

from: The Writer and His Works by Mary Lusky Friedman, Wake Forest University

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