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Magic Realism

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Leanne Blaszak

on 26 November 2012

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Transcript of Magic Realism

Magic Realism an introduction Characteristics of
Magic Realism Magic Realism is NOT: Science Fiction Fantasy Political Critique Sense of Mystery Hybridity Fantastical Elements a literary genre or style
that incorporates fantastic or
mythical elements into otherwise
realistic fiction. Magic Realism is also
common in film. Originated with art MAGIC REALISM Jacek Yerka, "Between Heaven and Hell" Pleasantville
Moulin Rouge
Like Water for Chocolate
Pan's Labyrinth
Across the Universe
Chocolate ...because you can't have magic realism without magic... a heightened feeling of suspense Coexistence of opposites. For example, a character may live in a field in the middle of a city or be a very old baby. Realism concerned with the WHY in a way that magical realism is not Magic Realism is more concerned with blending the mundane and everyday with the magical. ...what is it? especially associated with Latin America and Spanish-speaking writers Andrea Kowch, "Losing Eden" Authorial Reticence the author deliberately withholds information about the setting of the text.
What is the intended effect? + Metafiction "Metafiction is a term given to fictional writing which self-consciously and systematically draws attention to its status as an artifact in order to pose questions about the relationship between fiction and reality."
--Patricia Waugh A fictitious reader enters a story within a story A fictitious world enters "our" world Magic makes this possible sleep vs. wakefulness
dreams vs. reality
urban vs. rural
young vs. old
one time vs. another Magic realism contains an "...implicit criticism of society, particularly the elite." -- UTA Realism focuses on an accurate representation of life. Surrealism can seem similar because they both call reality into question Surrealism "attempts to express the 'inner life' and psychology of humans through art." Magic Realism doesn't place it's emphasis on the psychological. To do so would discredit the magical elements.
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