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El ajedrez en la literatura argentina. Borges, Walsh, Piglia.

Colón Meléndez, Edgar L. (2023) El ajedrez en la literatura argentina. Borges, Walsh, Piglia. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation studies chess as a device in the works of Jorge Luis Borges, Rodolfo Walsh, and Ricardo Piglia. In Borges, the device underlines the influence of Ramón Llull’s combinatory logic and Xul Solar’s Panajedrez (1930) in El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan (1941). It also emphasizes the dialogue that the collection of short stories establishes with Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and the book’s dynamic structure as a totality before integrating Ficciones (1944). In Walsh, the device elucidates both his work with the ellipsis and Chess Theory as a conceptual framework in “Zugzwang” (1957) and “Trasposición de jugadas” (1961). Exploring these two short stories within this framework brings to the surface a subtle political commentary rarely associated with Walsh’s fiction. In Piglia, chess as a device allows the reader to delve into Respiración artificial’s (1980) complex hypertextuality, its condensation of key dates in Argentina’s history, and the mechanisms operating as an homage to previous works. A second novel, La ciudad ausente (1992), advances a theory of narration by establishing parallels between storytelling, chess and the development of chess engines. In the five works studied, the game acts as a thread that enables the reader to identify common elements in the three authors’ poetics. Yet, in each of them the device occupies different literary planes: in Borges, the intertextual and the aesthetic; in Walsh, the experiential and the political; in Piglia, the historical and the narratological.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Colón Meléndez, Edgar L.elc104@pitt.eduelc104
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBalderston, Danieldaniel.balderston@pitt.edudaniel.balderston
Committee MemberSotomayor, Aurea Maríaams389@pitt.eduams389
Committee MemberDegiovanni,
Committee MemberDuchesne-Winter, Juan Ramónduchesne@pitt.eduduchesne
Date: 6 September 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 13 April 2023
Approval Date: 6 September 2023
Submission Date: 16 July 2023
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 190
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Jorge Luis Borges, Rodolfo Walsh, Ricardo Piglia, ajedrez, literatura, Argentina, Ramon Llull, Xul Solar, Miguel Najdorf, Ruy Lopez
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2023 13:47
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2023 13:47


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