By William Rowlandson
Jorge Luis Borges was once profoundly drawn to the ill-defined and shape-shifting traditions of mysticism. although, prior reviews of Borges haven't involved in the writer's shut curiosity in mysticism and mystical texts, specially within the Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772). This publication examines the connection among Borges' personal recorded mystical reviews and his appraisal of Swedenborg and different mystics. It asks the basic query of even if Borges used to be a mystic by means of analysing his writings, together with brief tales, essays, poems and interviews, along scholarly writings on mysticism via figures corresponding to William James. The booklet locates Borges in the scholarship of mysticism via comparing his many assertions and proposals as to what's or isn't really a mystic and, in so doing, analyses the effect of James and Ralph Waldo Emerson on Borges' analyzing of Swedenborg and mysticism. the writer argues additional that Swedenborg constitutes a much richer presence in Borges' paintings than scholarship has hitherto stated, and assesses the presence of Swedenborg in Borges' aesthetics, ethics and poetics.
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