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Magical Realism 1925-present
Transcript of Magical Realism 1925-present
What sets Magical Realism apart, is its subtlety. The magical elements are just hinted at so it makes it seem that they could really happen, and are possibly happening all of the time.
Essence of the 1920's
The Revolution of Magical Realism
Forms of Literature
Essence of the Time Period
Exciting social changes and cultural conflicts basically sums up the 1920's. It was a time of "revolution in morals and manners", as well as pitting one religious belief against another.
Magical Realism is a story telling strategy where realism is mixed with subtle fantasy. It was revolutionary because until that point stories were put into one category or another; realism or science fiction/fantasy. Magical Realism is mostly a realistic story with hints of other wordly magic.
(magic realism), was coined by Franz Roh in Germany relating to the painting of the Weimar Republic that "tried to capture the mystery of life behind surface reality."
magic elements that are blended into a realistic atmosphere
By Mahri Walker
Forms of Literature
Lo Real Maravilloso
or Marvelous Realism was introduced to Latin America expressing the mixture of realist and magical views of life
or Magical Realism was introduced to North America
1970's- First used to describe English-Canadian novels and short stories
1977- Geoff Hancock “something is happening to documentary realism in Canadian fiction.... Everyday Canadian life is seen as absurd....writers are suddenly free to make things up, to instill humor and hyperbole into the landscape, to juxtapose unlikely objects and characters, to apply dream imagery to objective reality"
There was strong current of Magical Realism in the British North American culture. Since then "Magical Realism" has been adopted as the main term for all narrative fiction that has magical occurrences in a realist narrative.
A Very Old Man with Enourmous Wings--Gabriel García Márquez
Tapping the Dream Tree--Charles de Lint
The Night Circus--Erin Morgenstern
The Time Traveler's Wife--Audrey Niffenegger
Curious Case of Benjamin Button
A Little Princess
"The Sun Sets Sail"
"The Soft Morning of Our Remembrance"
"Charles de Lint writes like a magician. He draws out the strange, inside our own world, weaving stories that feel more real than we are when we read them."