Jorge Luis Borges on James Joyce: exploring links between Argentinean and Irish literature

Jorge Luis Borges on James Joyce: exploring links between Argentinean and Irish literature

Jorge Luis Borges on James Joyce: exploring links between Argentinean and Irish literature.

Monday October 5th 18:00, Schuman Building Room SG15

A lecture on how James Joyce has been read by Jorge Luis Borges, delivered by renowned Argentinean writer and literary critic Carlos Gamerro. The talk will be in English.

About Carlos Gamerro:

Carlos Gamerro is one of the most renowned Argentinian writers working today. In his novels he explores traumatic events of recent Argentinean history (such as the Malvinas/Falklands War and the repression carried out under the military dictatorship of 19761983). However, he does so in a highly irreverent way, relying on satire and parody to sharply criticise national politics and society. Three of his novels have so far been translated into English: The Islands, The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Perón, and Open Secret. Gamerro is also an insightful literary critic who has published several books on Argentinean literature and one on Joyce’s Ulysses. He has taught at the University of Buenos Aires and been a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University. He has translated works by Grahame Greene, W.H. Auden and Shakespeare. His latest book, Facundo o Martín Fierro (2015), is a collection of essays discussing almost two centuries of Argentinean literature, in which he explores how fiction can contribute to the construction rather than mere reflection of national identity.

Contact: Mariano Paz, mariano.paz@ul.ie, 061 202039