Borges, Ethics, and Evil

  • Donald ShawEmail author
Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)


After so many books and articles, it seems as though everything has been said about Borges’s fiction. While granting that much productive analysis has been contributed by scholars, it should also be said that the copious interpretations and presumptions have created favorable circumstances for critical errors to creep in. A case in point concerns Borges’s attitude toward ethics and evil, which has attracted the attention of a number of writers. This article aims to locate and correct them.


Ethics Evil Critical errors 

Works Cited

  1. Alazraki, Jaime. La prosa narrativa de Jorge Luis Borges. Madrid: Gredos, 1968.Google Scholar
  2. ———. “Tlön y Asterión: metáforas epistemológicas.” 1971. Reprinted in Jaime Alazraki, Jorge Luis Borges, el escritor y la crítica, Madrid: Taurus, 1976. Page references are to the reprint.Google Scholar
  3. Barrenechea, Ana María. La expresión de la irrealidad en la obra de Jorge Luis Borges. Mexico City: El Colegio de México, 1957. Expanded version in English: Borges, the Labyrinth Maker. New York: New York University Press, 1965.Google Scholar
  4. Borges, Jorge Luis. Obras completas. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 1974.Google Scholar
  5. Cedola, Estela. Borges, La correspondencia de los opuestos. Buenos Aires: Eudeba, 1987.Google Scholar
  6. Cortínez, Carlos, ed. Simply a Man of Letters: Panel Discussions and Papers from the Proceedings of a Symposium on Jorge Luis Borges Held at the University of Maine at Orono. Orono: University of Maine at Orono Press, 1982.Google Scholar
  7. Jurado, Alicia. Genio y figura de Jorge Luis Borges. Buenos Aires: Editorial Universitaria de Buenos Aires, 1964.Google Scholar
  8. Lindstrom, Naomi. Jorge Luis Borges. A Study of the Short Fiction. Boston: Twayne, 1990.Google Scholar
  9. Newman, Charles and Mary Kinzie, eds. Prose for Borges. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1974.Google Scholar
  10. Núñez-Faraco, Humberto. Borges and Dante. Oxford (etc.): Peter Lang, 2006.Google Scholar
  11. Nuño, Juan. La filosofía de Borges. Mexico City: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1986.Google Scholar
  12. Paoli, Roberto. Borges, percorsi di significato. Messina-Florence: D’Anna, 1977.Google Scholar
  13. Roffé, Reina. Espejo de escritores. Hanover N.H.: Ediciones del Norte, 1985.Google Scholar
  14. Santander, Carlos. “Estructura narrativa en ‘Hombre de La esquina rosada’.” Revista Chilena de Literatura 1 (1970): 23–30.Google Scholar
  15. Shaw, Donald L. Borges’ Narrative Strategy. Liverpool: Francis Cairns, 1992.Google Scholar
  16. Sturrock, John. Paper Tigers. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1977.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

Personalised recommendations