Borges' "Labyrinths": The limits of knowledge and the scope of universals
Miranda, Matthew E
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This thesis addresses Jorge Luis Borges' treatment of knowledge and the absence of knowledge in Labyrinths , a collection of his short stories. In Labyrinths , seemingly oppositional terms and concepts are presented as variable parts of a greater context. Labyrinths embraces the inversion of correspondent harmony flows into disorienting dissonance; it also embraces simulations, where perplexity takes on the appearance of clarity. The opening section of the thesis, "The exchange principle," establishes the imagistic and philosophical foundations the rest of the thesis is built over. "Resolutions" explores the two most common types of unveilings found in Labyrinths . "Mirroring" investigates the varied and perhaps surprising meanings inherent in equivalences. "The paradox principle" details the history of paradox in Borges' use of inversion and simulation. "Illusions & realities" delves into unveilings, specifically focusing on three categories of mistaken identity. The final section, "Labyrinths," summarizes the answers and questions that emerge in the other sections.