MÝTUS BUENOS AIRES V DIELE J. L. BORGESA
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Myth of Buenos Aires in J. L. Borges´s work
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The author explores the forming of the myth of Buenos Aires and its modern symbols in the work by Argentinean writer J. L. Borges. In the first part she points out the influences that formed Borges´s work with regard to this aspect and identifies the differences between Borges ś urban poetic and the poetics of “flȃnerie”. The second part introduces Borges´s poetic programme of “urban creolism” that brought to literature the motif of compadrito, the urban “descendant” of gauchos. She indicates that this programme also involved mythologisation of Buenos Aires that resulted from a mix of Borges ś memories, immigration and historical facts. The third part analyses the cult of courage embodied in compadrito, the protagonist of milongas and tangos. She also affirms that in the course of time the exclusively Argentinian themes in Borges ś writings acquire universal philosophical dimension and thus Buenos Aires become dreamlike and labyrinthic. These observations are substantiated with fragments of Borges ś poetry and prose.
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