Borges and the construction of “reality”

Abstract

In “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” Borges challenges the veracity of any discourses that presents itself as Truth, particularly pertaining to master narratives such as philosophy and History, and engages in a deconstruction of these narratives. In order to this, Borges introduces a number of strategies: a) the cancellation of the difference between fiction and reality, b) the creation of a world based on a marginal comment in his own narration, and c) the circulation and dissemination of discourse that pretends to have an ontological reality. In what follows we will examine these three strategies which Borges uses to construct the truth of Tlön.

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The official journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, founded in 1969 as one of the first scholarly journals in the field, Semiotica features articles reporting results of research in all branches of semiotic studies, in-depth reviews of selected current literature in the field, and occasional guest editorials and reports. The journal also publishes occasional Special Issues devoted to topics of particular interest.

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