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Borges against the Vikings: Early Writings on Old Germanic Literature and History, 1932-46

Brljak, Vladimir (2021) 'Borges against the Vikings: Early Writings on Old Germanic Literature and History, 1932-46.', Old English Newsletter, 47 (1).


This special issue adds to a substantial and steadily growing scholarly literature on Borges' engagement with Old Germanic tradition, including monographs by Uwe Ebel, Martín Hadis, and M. J. Toswell.1 Understandably, most of the attention has been devoted to the period inaugurated by the 1951 monograph Antiguas literaturas germánicas, in which the subject assumes a prominent place in Borges' work, inspiring, wholly or partly, a corpus of well over a hundred items, encompassing a wide range of genres and formats.2 The preceding decades, however, remain relatively unexplored, and this article seeks to shed some light on the unresolved questions they raise. Specifically, it argues that Borges is very likely to have developed this interest through the influence of fellow author Norah Lange; it elucidates the topical subtext of his first non-fictional piece on an Old Germanic motif, the 1932/33 essay "Noticia de los Kenningar"/Las Kenningar; and it offers a close reading of what seem to be his earliest literary works on such motifs—two miniatures published in 1946 as part of a project titled Museo, one of his several collaborations with Adolfo Bioy Casares.

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Date deposited:12 August 2022
Date of first online publication:2021
Date first made open access:12 August 2022

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