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11 September, 2015

Medievally Speaking Reviews: Borges, The Unacknowledged Medievalist

M.J. Toswell. Borges, The Unacknowledged Medievalist: Old English and Old Norse in His Life and Work. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Reviewed by Daniel de Paula Valentim Hutchins 

In this concise study of the influence of medievalism on the life and writing of Jorge Luis Borges (1889-1996),  M. J. Toswell offers not only copious documentation of Borges’s lifelong fascination with Old English and Old Norse but also several compelling reasons for reconsidering Borges’s work in light of these connections. Though it may come as no surprise to even the casual reader of Borges that he was in dialogue with medievalism – his adaptation of a medieval bestiary, The Book of Imaginary Beings (1957), is the best known but not the only explicit example of this dialogue in his work – Toswell digs deeper than others have before in exploring these connections and plumbing them for a better understanding of Borges as a writer. READ THE FULL REVIEW AT Medievally Speaking