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Magical Realism

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Hazel Foster

on 3 January 2017

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Transcript of Magical Realism

“Magical realism has a tendency to defamiliarize the scene for readers; readers learn that they have not come entirely ready to understand the situation, that what we thought we knew is found to be strange, for it has something entirely unexpected to teach us.
Magical realism’s readers learn "border skipping" because they must move between fabulism and European realism (Rowland Wilson).
Magical realism in some forms can be understood as a post-colonial move that seeks to resist European notions of naturalism or realism.  At times, it calls for a deep hybridity of cultures and reading experiences.” [2]

 "an unexpected alteration of reality [. . .] an unaccustomed insight that is singularly favored by the unexpected richness of reality or an amplification of the scale and categories of reality" (Alejo Carpentier) [2]
“More specifically, magical realism achieves its particular power by weaving together elements we tend to associate with European realism and elements we associate with the fabulous, and these two worlds undergo a ’closeness or near merging.’ “ [2]

“Magic realism or magical realism is an aesthetic style or genre of fiction in which magical elements are blended into a realistic atmosphere in order to access a deeper understanding of reality. These magical elements are explained like normal occurrences that are presented in a straightforward manner which allows the ‘real’ and the ‘fantastic’ to be accepted in the same stream of thought. It has been widely considered a literary and visual art genre; creative fields that exhibit less significant signs of magic realism include film and music.”[1]

[1] Magic Realism. Princeton, n.d. Web. 1 Oct.
2014.<http://www.princeton.edu/~achane y/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Magic_realism.htm l>.
[2] Faris, Wendy, and Lois Zamora, eds. Magical
Realism: Theory, History, Community. Durham: Duke University Press, 1995.

Works Cited

Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia)
Isabel Allende (Chile/Peru)
Jorge Luis Borges (Argentina)
Laura Esquivel (Mexico)
Salman Rushdie (India)
Angela Carter (Britain)
Toni Morrison (US)
Louise Erdrich (US)

Magical Realism Authors

cyclical or non-linear time
union of opposites
accuracy of events often uncertain
disorienting detail
the need to let go of pre-existing notions of plot, time, setting, exposition, etc.
can act as a critique of literary canon
works to subvert the reality of established viewpoints
often portrays the traditionally marginalized
often plays with boundaries in many senses of the word

Features of Magical Realism

Magical Realism
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