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Borges Criticism
The following section collects Borges-related literary criticism and biography that has been written or translated into English.Please note that that this page also contains a “Quick Reference Card” of all the titles featured in this section. They are listed alphabetically by author; in the actual sections, books are listed chronologically by publishing date.

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Biography –Borges biography, conversations and anecdotes.

General Criticism 1 – General literary criticism or commentary on Borges and his writing up until 1989.

General Criticism 2 – General literary criticism or commentary on Borges and his writing from 1990 to the present.

Contextual Criticism – Borges criticism with a specific angle: existential, psychological, Latin American, religious, mathematical, etc.

Comparative Criticism – Studies of Borges in relation to other authors or artists.

Bibliography – An alphabetized bibliography of Borges criticism.

Variaciones Borges – Takes you offsite to the homepage of Variaciones Borges, the biannual international journal of Borges studies.

Quick Reference Card

Alazraki, Jaime. Jorge Luis Borges.
Lennon, Adrian. Hispanics of Achievement: Jorge Luis Borges.
Monegal, Emir Rodríguez. Jorge Luis Borges: A Literary Biography.

General Criticism 1965-1989
Ageana, Ion T. The Meaning of Experience in the Prose of Jorge Luis Borges.
Aizenberg, Edna, ed. Borges and His Sucessors: The Borgesian Impact on Literature and the Arts.
Balderston, Daniel. The Literary Universe of Jorge Luis Borges: An Index to References and Allusions to Persons, Titles, and Places in his Writings.
Barrenechea, Ana María. Borges, the Labyrinth Maker.
Bell-Villada, Gene H. Borges and His Fiction: A Guide to His Mind and Art.
Bloom, Harold, ed. Modern Critical Views: Jorge Luis Borges.
Cheselka, Paul. The Poetry and Poetics of Jorge Luis Borges.
Christ, Ronald. The Narrow Act: Borges' Art of Allusion.
Cortinez, Carlos, ed. Borges the Poet.
Dunham, Lowell, and Ivar Ivask. The Cardinal Points of Borges.
McMurray, George R. Jorge Luis Borges.
Sturrock, John. Paper Tigers: The Ideal Fictions of Jorge Luis Borges.

General Criticism 1990-Present
Balderston, Daniel. Out of Context: Historical Reference and the Representation of Reality in Borges.
Bloom, Harold, ed. Major Short Story Writers: Jorge Luis Borges.
Bloom, Harold, ed. BioCritiques: Jorge Luis Borges.
Fishburn, Evelyn & Psiche Hughes. A Dictionary of Borges.
Isbister, Rob & Peter Standish. A Concordance to the Works of Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986).
Lima, Robert, ed. Borges and the Esoteric
Molloy, Sylvia. Signs of Borges.
Sarlo, Beatriz. Jorge Luis Borges: the Writer on the Edge.

Contextual Criticism
Cozrinsky, Edgardo. Borges In/And/On Film.
Crossan, John Dominic. Raid on the Articulate: Comic Eschatology in Jesus and Borges.
de Garayalde, Giovanna. Jorge Luis Borges: Sources and Illuminations.
Merrell, Floyd. Unthinking Thinking: Jorge Luis Borges, Mathematics and the New Physics.

Comparative Criticism
Irwin, John T. The Mystery to a Solution: Poe, Borges, and the Analytic Detective Story.
Rodriguez-Luis, Julio. The Contemporary Praxis of the Fantastic: Borges and Cortázar.

–Allen B. Ruch
7 July 2004

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