This article focuses on ‘El Etnógrafo’ [‘The Anthropologist’ (di Giovanni trans.)] In this article I appraise ‘El Etnógrafo’ alongside other fictions of Borges that. This is a bibliography of works by Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet, and translator . The title is a play on Borges’s story “Funes El Memorioso”, known in English as “Funes, the Memorious”. Rosa y Azul: La rosa de Paracelso; Tigres. Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo KBE was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish-language literature. His best-known books, Ficciones (Fictions) and El Aleph (The Aleph).

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I like the way you connect El etnografo with El sur regarding Borges use of contradictory language.

I also like that you point out that the character is a an of few words- much like the brevity of Borges texts. I think this relates well with Jackie’s post actually. Borges uses paradoxical language to describe his characters and their experiences, constructing what seems like a borbes way of understanding.


Latin America in Theory: Expression & “El etnógrafo”

Is there a third etnogrago of understanding that he’s trying to get out that is just, as Jackie points us to, absent from the text? I’m thinking its that “camino” between Vanessa’s A etnpgrafo B representational divide – saying a secret, writing a thought, expressing truth outwardly; the elusive immateriality of a fading dream. Borges wants us to walk to the edge, the “orilla,” where a text stands over the abyss of thoughts, an echo is emitted unto a hollow canyon, our eyes attempt to put a blurry dream in focus.

Borges likes that spot. Frances Densmore with Blackfoot chief, Mountain Chief, during a phonograph recording session for the Bureau of American Ethnology.

When Murdock is first described, there are etografo traits which predispose him towards this choice. He examines the representational structure between A dreams, thought, secrets, and truth; and B saying, writing, and outwardly expressing. This structure is not as natural as it might appear, but the reason for this representational insufficiency is also not as simple as the common idiom, words cannot express.


Murdock borgew his professor: He could be speaking about ethnography or science in the general sense—he could even be talking about the science of writing and language. The question borgges arises is: How is it possible that any truth could do this?

Or is it possible that every real truth does this? Posted by Vanessa Ovalle at Vincent Cervantes September 27, at 6: Guillermo September 27, at 9: Newer Post Older Post Home.