"Deutsches Requiem" by Borges. The Asceticism of the Fascist Subject

Catedral Tomada. Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana

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Title "Deutsches Requiem" by Borges. The Asceticism of the Fascist Subject
“Deutsches Requiem”, de Borges. El ascetismo del sujeto fascista
 
Creator Bautista, Luis
 
Subject
Borges; Nazism; Subjectivity; Asceticism
Latin American Literatura; Subjectivity
Borges; nazismo; subjetividad; ascetismo
 
Description The critics that have analyzed Jorge Luis Borges’ “Deutsches Requiem” (1946) have usually focused on the moral inconsistencies committed by its protagonist and narrator, a Nazi officer: Otto Dietrich zur Linde. Otto explicitly states that the goal of Nazism was the destruction of Judeo-Christian values, but he is apparently unable to think outside them. All his autobiography is told through the ascetic ideal, which would make his last message incongruous. The asceticism of Otto, of the "fascist subject", is not to my view a deliberate incongruity of Borges's text. I show in this article that Otto’s deeply ascetic nature is the ultimate result of the model of subjectivity developed by western philosophy.
La crítica que ha analizado “Deutsches Requiem” (1946), de Jorge Luis Borges, se ha centrado normalmente en las incoherencias en las que incurre su protagonista y narrador, un oficial nazi: Otto Dietrich zur Linde. Enuncia explícitamente Otto que el objetivo del nazismo era la destrucción de los valores judeocristianos, pero él se muestra incapaz de pensar al margen de estos. Toda su autobiografía está contada en esa clave, la del ideal ascético, lo que tornaría incongruente su mensaje último. El ascetismo de Otto, del “sujeto fascista”, no es en mi opinión una incongruencia del texto de Borges. Analizo en este artículo su naturaleza profundamente ascética, que es el resultado último del modelo de subjetividad desarrollado por la filosofía occidental.
 
Publisher University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
 
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Date 2020-08-07
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion


 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://catedraltomada.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/catedraltomada/article/view/392
10.5195/ct/2020.392
 
Source Catedral Tomada. Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana; Vol 8, No 14 (2020): Miscellaneous; 27-59
Catedral Tomada. Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana; Vol 8, No 14 (2020): Miscellaneous; 27-59
2169-0847
 
Language spa
 
Relation http://catedraltomada.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/catedraltomada/article/view/392/415
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Luis Bautista
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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