Article ID: CBB000932871

Um replicador em movimento: aproximações entre a poética narrativa de Borges e o programa de pesquisa dos memes (2008)


Waizbort, Ricardo (Author)
de la Rocque, Lucia (Author)

História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Volume: 15
Pages: 183--195

Publication Date: 2008
Edition Details: Article also in English. English title: [A Replicator in Movement: Similarities between Borges' Poetic Narrative and the Memes Research Agenda]
Language: Portuguese

Jorge Luis Borges' extensive fantasy writings have been read as a critique of traditional science and logic and as a repudiation of the individual's importance, of the presumption of reality itself, and, consequently, of the forms of knowledge accessible to us. The article presents a new way of understanding Borges' poetic narrative, evincing this narrative's ability to grasp cultural phenomenon from a scientific perspective. An analogy is drawn between Borges' poetic narrative and memetics, the latter being an attempt to interpret human nature in terms not only of genes but also of memes - that is, ideas understood as cultural patterns. Although any literary work is a vehicle for ideas, Borges, who writes in an extraordinarily critical fashion, seems particularly aware of the independence of ideas and therefore, the article asserts, his characters can be seen as prisoners inside labyrinths of memes.

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Authors & Contributors
Hitchcock, Susan Tyler
Larson, Wendy
Clayton, Jay
O'Gorman, Ellen
Zajko, Vanda
Marco Castellari
Journal of Literature and Science
American Literary History
Substantia: An International Journal of the History of Chemistry
W. W. Norton & Co.
Stanford University Press
Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press
University of Toronto Press
Science and literature
Science and culture
Science fiction
Science and ethics
Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge
Western world, civilization and culture
Borges, Jorge Luis
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Freud, Sigmund
García Márquez, Gabriel (1927-2014)
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
18th century
17th century
United States
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