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Kabbalah and Borges
Fri. 21 October 2016, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm AEDT
Saul Sosnowski, who holds a PhD in Latin American Literature and Culture and is the author of Borges y la Cábala: la búsqueda del Verbo (Borges and the Kabbalah: Paths to the Word), will visit the Instituto Cervantes Sydney to discuss how Borges was inspired by the ancient Jewish mystical interpretation of the scriptures in both his professional and personal lives.
Kabbalah is an esoteric discipline and school of thought that interprets life and the universe. Born in the 12th century in the heart of the Sephardic Jewish community somewhere between the Catalonian coast and French Provence, Kabbalah is composed of various texts that explain the meaning of life and human existence by reinterpreting Jewish traditions. Many enigmas surround Kabbalah and it has been considered analytically by numerous authors. Borges, a key literary figure of the 20th century, was nurtured by Kabbalah to draw parallels between images and words, and reality and artistic creation. Saul Sosnowski has analysed the Argentine writer’s poems and stories to demonstrate how Borges was inspired by this mystic interpretation of the Torah.
Saúl Sosnowski (Buenos Aires, 1945) holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and directed the Institute for International Programs from 2000 until 2011. A professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at the University of Maryland, he has chaired the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (1979-2000) and was Director of the Latin American Studies Center (1989-2009), which he founded in 1989. Sosnowski is the author of Julio Cortázar: una búsqueda mítica; Borges y la Cábala: la búsqueda del Verbo (translated into Portuguese and German); La orilla inminente: escritores judíos-argentinos, Fascismo y nazismo en las letras argentinas (with Leonardo Senkman); over 80 articles; editor or co-editor of 17 volumes. He is the Founder and Editor of the literary journal Hispamérica and serves on the boards of five scholarly journals. Borges y la Cábala: senderos del Verbo, with Argentine artist Mirta Kupferminc (Buenos Aires, Artes Gráficas, 2006) led to major exhibitions at Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires), The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, Centro da Cultura Judaica (São Paulo), and numerous presentations in the US and Israel.
This activity will be conducted in English.
This event is free, but prior registration is required.