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TRANSNATIONAL MODERNIST ENCOUNTERS: JOYCE, BORGES, BOLAÑO, AND THE DIALECTICS OF EXPANSION AND COMPRESSION

Patricia Novillo-Corvalán
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 108, No. 2 (April 2013), pp. 341-367
DOI: 10.5699/modelangrevi.108.2.0341
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5699/modelangrevi.108.2.0341
Page Count: 27
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TRANSNATIONAL MODERNIST ENCOUNTERS: JOYCE, BORGES, BOLAÑO, AND
THE DIALECTICS OF EXPANSION AND COMPRESSION
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Abstract

This article examines the literary relationship between Joyce, Borges, and Bolaño. After discussing Borges's and Bolaño's formative years as writers, during which both openly and self-consciously endorse a Joycean aesthetic, it argues that, as Borges and Bolaño gradually shift from the youthful tone of their early writings to the fictional canonicity of their later prose, their attitudes towards Joyce develop accordingly. Borges showcases his aesthetic of brevity as the antithetical response to Joyce's epic legacy. Bolaño adopts Joyce's accretive method of composition, resulting in the creation of his two multi-plotted and multi-voiced gargantuan masterpieces, Los detectives salvajes (1998) and 2666 (2004).

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