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Reconstructing the Early Career of Jorge Luis Borges as a Public Speaker: Talks and Courses from 1949 to 1955

Balderston, Daniel (2023) Reconstructing the Early Career of Jorge Luis Borges as a Public Speaker: Talks and Courses from 1949 to 1955. In: Pitt Momentum Funds 2023.

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One of the least studied aspects of the career of the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) is how he made a living during the Peronist decade (1946-1955), after he resigned from a modest post in a public library and before his national and world fame, which began with his appointment as the director of the National Library in 1955 (the year he went blind). During these years Borges overcame his fear of public speaking, giving at least three hundred talks and courses by 1955. This project aims to reconstruct all of the extant source materials about this part of his career: announcements of the courses, newspaper coverage of them (in small towns as well as in the capitals of Argentina and Uruguay), his own preparatory materials (particularly notes now housed at the University of Texas and Michigan State University), and typescripts prepared from shorthand transcriptions of some of these talks (which were not recorded), providing a unique point of access to the activities of a prominent intellectual and writer during a time of intellectual and political ferment in Argentina. The reading notes alone are quite extensive, and when published they will substantially increase Borges's total known work.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Balderston, DanielDBALDER@pitt.eduDBALDER0000-0002-7619-9808
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2023
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Funds 2023
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/2ztw-1f62
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Priming Grants - Creative Arts, Performing Arts, and Humanities
Other ID: 6116
Additional Information: Poster to be added by March 1, 2023.
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2023 22:26
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2023 17:36


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