Roberto Arlt, “The Cooked Cat” (“El gato cocido”) (1926)
Public domain version: Trans. Jon Beasley-Murray
Jorge Luis Borges, Selected Stories (1930s-1970s)
Edition used: Penguin
Felisberto Hernández, “The Daisy Dolls” (“Las hortensias”) (1949)
Edition used: Marsilio
- Consider the portrayal of masculinity and violence in any two stories by Borges.
- Analyze how Levi and Borges use ideas from books and/or about books in their own works.
- Discuss the role of (or lack of a role for) women in Borges and/or Hernández.
- Discuss the image of the animal in Levi and Borges and/or Arlt and/or Hernández.
- Take any one of Borges’s short stories and offer a close reading of it, attending to the importance of detail.
- Does Borges’s “Deutsches Requiem” illuminate our understanding of the Holocaust? If so, how? If not, why not?
- Investigate the depiction of the machine in Levi and/or Hernández.