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Semiotica

Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

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Volume 2018, Issue 222

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Borges, Pierre Menard, rhizomaticity, and the simulation of palimpsestic writing

Fernando De Toro
Published Online: 2018-04-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2016-0175

Abstract

Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote shares with Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius several central aspects in the construction of the text, fundamentally the doubling of writing: that of Borges and Pierre Menard, where both simulate to tell story that it never gets told; and the creation of a world that is generated from pure discursivity.

The text is divided in two sections, as indicated by Borges himself: one is the visible work of Pierre Menard, and the other is inconclusive work (1962 [1956]: 48–55). The first part is a catalogue of Menard’s library and the second letters by Menard addressed to Borges. In what follows we will analyze the gesture of inscribing writing.

Keywords: poststructuralism; metafiction; simulation; rhizomaticity; post-modernity; deconstruction

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Published Online: 2018-04-25

Published in Print: 2018-04-25


Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2018, Issue 222, Pages 313–320, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2016-0175.

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