Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community / Edition 1

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Overview

Magical realism is often regarded as a regional trend, restricted to the Latin American writers who popularized it as a literary form. In this critical anthology, the first of its kind, editors Lois Parkinson Zamora and Wendy B. Faris show magical realism to be an international movement with a wide-ranging history and a significant influence among the literatures of the world. In essays on texts by writers as diverse as Toni Morrison, Günter Grass, Salman Rushdie, Derek Walcott, Abe Kobo, Gabriel García Márquez, and many others, magical realism is examined as a worldwide phenomenon.
Presenting the first English translation of Franz Roh’s 1925 essay in which the term magical realism was coined, as well as Alejo Carpentier’s classic 1949 essay that introduced the concept of lo real maravilloso to the Americas, this anthology begins by tracing the foundations of magical realism from its origins in the art world to its current literary contexts. It offers a broad range of critical perspectives and theoretical approaches to this movement, as well as intensive analyses of various cultural traditions and individual texts from Eastern Europe, Asia, North America, Africa, the Caribbean, and Australia, in addition to those from Latin America. In situating magical realism within the expanse of literary and cultural history, this collection describes a mode of writing that has been a catalyst in the development of new regional literatures and a revitalizing force for more established narrative traditions—writing particularly alive in postcolonial contexts and a major component of postmodernist fiction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822316404
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois Parkinson Zamora is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Houston.

Wendy B. Faris is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas, Arlington.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Daiquiri Birds and Flaubertian Parrot(ie)s 1
Magic Realism: Post-Expressionism (1925) 15
Magic Realism, New Objectivity, and the Arts during the Weimar Republic 33
On the Marvelous Real in America (1949) 75
The Baroque and the Marvelous Real (1975) 89
Magical Realism in Spanish American Fiction (1955) 109
Magical Realism in Spanish American Literature (1967) 119
The Territorialization of the Imaginary in Latin America: Self-Affirmation and Resistance to Metropolitan Paradigms 125
Sources of Magic Realism/Supplements to Realism in Contemporary Latin American Literature 145
Scheherazade's Children: Magical Realism and Postmodern Fiction 163
Magic Realism and Postmodernism: Decentering Privileged Centers 191
The Metamorphoses of Fictional Space: Magical Realism 209
The Textualization of the Reader in Magical Realist Fiction 235
Psychic Realism, Mythic Realism, Grotesque Realism: Variations on Magic Realism in Contemporary Literature in English 249
Magical Realism, Compensatory Vision, and Felt History: Classical Realism Transformed in The White Hotel 267
Past-On Stories: History and the Magically Real, Morrison and Allende on Call 285
Narrative Trickery and Performative Historiography: Fictional Representation of National Identity in Graham Swift, Peter Carey, and Mordecai Richler 305
Saleem Fathered by Oskar: Midnight's Children, Magic Realism, and The Tin Drum 329
Magical Archetypes: Midlife Miracles in The Satanic Verses 347
Derek Walcott and Alejo Carpentier: Nature, History, and the Caribbean Writer 371
Magic Realism as Postcolonial Discourse 407
Metoikoi and Magical Realism in the Maghrebian Narratives of Tahar ben Jelloun and Abdelkebir Khatibi 427
The Magic of Identity: Magic Realism in Modern Japanese Fiction 451
Roads of "Exquisite Mysterious Muck": The Magical Journey through the City of William Kennedy's Ironweed, John Cheever's "The Enormous Radio," and Donald Barthelme's "City Life" 477
Magical Romance/Magical Realism: Ghost in U.S. and Latin American Fiction 497
Selected Bibliography 551
Contributors 559
Index 563
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