Edited by Evelyn Fishburn . Published 1998. ISBN 9781900039215
This compilation of essays takes a fresh look at Borges’s work. The word ‘Europe’ in the title is taken in its widest sense, as the central and authoritative mental space within which and against which ‘world’ literature was written during Borges’s formative years. The present collection was not conceived as an overview of Borges’s relationship with Europe but as an eclectic response by a number of authors with different interests to a subject that had become importantly refocused. A wide variety of topics ranging from the European avant-garde to the impact of European science upon Argentine literature is discussed from a multiplicity of angles - the only unifying factor being the year 1996 when nearly all the essays were written. Most of them were presented as papers at a one-day conference held at the Institute of Romance Studies in conjunction with the Institute of Latin American Studies. The purpose was to re-examine the work of Borges in the wake of the great changes in reading that ‘theory’ had brought about and which Borges had somehow foreshadowed though of course not systematised.