Nora Benedict

PhD Student
New Cabell Hall 458
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On Fellowship (Scholars' Lab and Departmental)


Ph.D., Spanish, University of Virginia (expected 2017)
Major Area: Spanish-American Literature
Minor Area: Analytical Bibliography
M.A., Spanish, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012)
B.A., English and Spanish, Loyola University Maryland (2010)
Minor: Art History


“The Fashioning of Jorge Luis Borges: Magazines, Books, and Print Culture in Argentina, 1930-1951” is the first bibliographical study of the physical features of Borges’s publications during one of the most active periods of his career (1930-1951). My work is multidisciplinary in scope, engaging in debates about markets, commerce, and literary audiences in multilingual Argentine book production, while also contributing to the field of Borges studies by showing the importance of bibliographical study for Southern Cone literature. In particular, I examine the physical mediums (newspaper, magazines, books) that Borges employed throughout his career, how these were composed (paper, typography, bindings) and circulated in diverse audiences (cost, number of copies, distribution), the publishers with whom he entered into contracts (Editorial Sur, Losada, Sudamericana, etc.), and how all of these factors might have influenced his overall formation as a writer.
Although Argentine publishing history and material studies related to the book have become more popular in the past decade, information and insights from this work have not yet been applied to Borges, or his stint as an amateur publisher. With training from several UVA Rare Book School courses, I have strengthened my theoretical methods of descriptive and analytical bibliography, allowing new insight into the high level of interconnectedness among Argentine publishers, printers, intellectuals, and writers during the first half of the twentieth century. The extensive manuscript and print material archives in the UVA Borges collection have further aided in the completion of my project.

Research Interests

  • Latin American Literature
  • Jorge Luis Borges & Southern Cone Literature
  • Printmaking
  • Canon Formation
  • Book History
  • Analytical Bibliography
  • Digital Humanities (Data Visualization, Geospatial Mapping, Digital Archives)


  • Business Spanish (Fall 2015, Spring 2016)
  • Study Abroad in Costa Rica, Advanced Intermediate Spanish (Summer 2015)
  • Advanced Intermediate Spanish (Fall 2014, Spring 2015)
  • Elementary Spanish (Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
    • Preceptor
  • Summer Language Institute, Hispanic Culture & Film (Summer 2013)
  • Intermediate Spanish (Fall 2012, Spring 2013)


“Isorhythmic Motets in the Libro de buen amor: Reading the Archpriest’s Adventures as a Musical Composition.” A New Companion to the Libro de buen amor. Eds. Ryan Giles and José Manuel Hidalgo. Leiden: Brill. (Forthcoming)
“La novela negra en Jorge Luis Borges: una aproximación nueva a ‘El muerto’.” Variaciones Borges 29 (2015): 143-158.
“Los golpes del escoplo: el arte de grabar como metáfora en La desheredada.” Decimonónica 11.2 (2014): 1-18.


“‘¿Por qué no se leen libros argentinos?’: Jorge Luis Borges and the Promotion of Foreign Authors,” Modern Language Association (MLA), Philadelphia, PA, January 2017.
“Borges, Archives, and the Digital,” Day of DH @ Winter Academy 2016, Washington & Lee, Lexington, VA, December 2016.
“Publishing for a Wide Audience (1930-1935): Jorge Luis Borges and the Argentine Book Market,” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), Paris, France, July 2016.
“The Borges Manuscript Collection at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library,” Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM), University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, May 2016.
“Borges as Bibliographer: a Study of Books as Objects in Ficciones,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, KY, April 2016.
“Borges as Bibliography,” the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, March 2016.
“La novela negra en Jorge Luis Borges: una aproximación nueva a ‘El muerto’,” Carolina Conference for Romance Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, April 2015.
“Reading Between the Lines: the Curious Case of Borges’s ‘Viejo hábito argentino’,” English Graduate Conference, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, April 2014.
“(Hyper)linking in the Work of Jorge Luis Borges: the Political Repercussions of Illustrations in the Manuscript of ‘Viejo hábito argentino’ (1946, 1950, 1955),” Charles F. Fraker Graduate Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, November 2013.
“La ekfrástica Isidora Rufete: un análisis artístico de la imagen grabada en La desheredada,” Kaleidoscope, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, March 2013.
“Un juego surrealista: la presencia del cadáver exquisito en Tiempo de silencio,” University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, October 2012.
“Uti et Frui: toward an Augustinian exegesis of astrology in the Libro de buen amor,” Kaleidoscope, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, March 2011.

Grants & Awards

Digital Humanities Fellow, Charlottesville, VA, 2016-2017
Dissertation Fellowship, Charlottesville, VA, 2016-2017
Charles Gordon Reid, Jr. Fellowship, Buenos Aires, Summer 2016
William T. Buice III Scholarship (Rare Book School), Charlottesville, VA, Summer 2016
UVa Book Collecting Contest (First Place), Charlottesville, VA, Spring 2016
Buckner W. Clay Fellow, Charlottesville, VA and Biblioteca Nacional, Buenos Aires, 2015-2016
Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation Research Grant, Charlottesville, VA, Summer 2015
Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Research Fellowship, Charlottesville, VA and Biblioteca Nacional, Buenos Aires, Summer 2015
Rare Book School (RBS-UVA) Fellow, Charlottesville, VA, 2014-2015
Del Greco Essay Prize, Charlottesville, VA, May 2014
Battestin Fellowship, Charlottesville, VA, Summer 2013
Honored Instructor Award, Madison, WI, May 2011, December 2011