Moments of Magical Realism in US Ethnic Literatures

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This is the first anthology of its kind in two ways: first, it points to a subtle shift away from privileging magical realism as a monolithic category in the literatures of the Americas and second, it focuses this critical approach highlighting the work of writers from all the major minority groups of color - US Latino/a, African American, Native American, and Asian American, Jewish American, or Iranian American ancestry - who deploy magical realist moments to refer to traumatic or suppressed histories. ...

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Overview

This is the first anthology of its kind in two ways: first, it points to a subtle shift away from privileging magical realism as a monolithic category in the literatures of the Americas and second, it focuses this critical approach highlighting the work of writers from all the major minority groups of color - US Latino/a, African American, Native American, and Asian American, Jewish American, or Iranian American ancestry - who deploy magical realist moments to refer to traumatic or suppressed histories. Groundbreaking essays by both established experts and rising scholars offer a myriad of methodologies, including literary, psychoanalytic, and trauma theories; historiography, myth, and mnemonic analyses; religious, anthropological, and Marxist approaches. Magical realist moments conceal and reveal traumatic pasts, suppressed histories, half-known memories, lies, truths, new affinities, and even signposts to the future.

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"Urgent announcement! The last rites of magical realism are indefinitely postponed! Far from dead, as some have declared, magical realism continues to evolve in vibrant ways both as a critical term and a creative practice. These essays invite us to track magical realist topics and techniques in an array of communities, countries, and cultural practices: shamanism in Latino America, magical gourds in Asian America, rhythm and freedom in African America, myth in Native America, the magical turban in post-Holocaust fiction. The amplitude of magical realism as a critical category suits the diversity of the literary works discussed here, and allows cultural differences and similarities to emerge and interact in unexpected ways. This collection is a welcome demonstration that there is still much to be seen through this rich conceptual lens." - Lois Parkinson Zamora, Professor of English, History, and Art, University of Houston

"This collection of essays is of particular interest for its break down of the category 'magical realism' into a study of magical realist moments or effects in U.S. ethnic texts simultaneously beyond but also inclusive of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o literature. The collection contributes to putting Jewish American, Iranian American, African American, Asian American, and Native American texts in conversation with Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o ones over critical questions generated by the irruptions of magical realist moments in otherwise realist texts of U.S. contemporary 'ethnic' production. Moments of Magical Realism in U.S. Ethnic Literatures makes a key contribution to U.S. ethnic and transamerican studies, to comparative ethnic studies, and to critical understandings of relations between historical trauma, aesthetics, consciousness, and agency among minority, ethnic, and postcolonial subjects in the United States." - María DeGuzmán, Director of Latina/o Studies and Professor of English & Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137293299
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/24/2012
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lyn Di Iorio is Professor of English at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, USA. She is the author of the novel Outside the Bones (2011), which won ForeWord Review's 2011 Silver Book of the Year Award in the category of literary fiction, was Best Debut Novel on the 2011 Latinidad List, and was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Prize, and other prizes. She also wrote Killing Spanish: Literary Essays on Ambivalent U.S. Latino/a Identity (2004) and coedited Contemporary U.S. Latino Literary Criticism (2007). Currently at work on a second novel called The Sound of Falling Darkness, she is number two on the 2012 Top Ten 'New' Latino Authors to Watch (and Read) list compiled by LatinoStories.com.

Richard Perez is Assistant Professor of English at John Jay College School of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, USA where he teaches courses on US Latino/a, Caribbean, and Postcolonial literatures. He is the director of a forthcoming minor in US Latino/a Literature, only the second in the nation. He is currently at work on a book entitled Towards a Negative Aesthetics: U.S. Latino/a Fiction and the Remaking of American Literature, which recently won an Andrew Mellon fellowship. He is the co-editor of the anthology Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Criticism and his work has appeared in Centro Jourbanal for Puerto Rican Studies, Latino Studies Jourbanal, and MELUS.

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Table of Contents

PART I: TRAUMATIC INHERITANCES: THE PSYCHIC LIFE OF MAGIC
1. Trauma, Magic, and Genealogy; Lyn Di Iorio
2. The Exhaustion of Magical Realism in the Work of Junot Díaz and Roberto Bolaño; Roman de la Campa
3. Flying to Save Her Life: Bad Luck, Bad Choices, Bad Mothers in Gina B. Nahai's Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith; Ibis Gómez-Vega
PART II: SENSORY IRRUPTIONS; MAGICAL SENSIBILITIES

4. Flashes of Transgression: The Fukú, Negative Aesthetics, and the Future in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz; Richard Perez
5. Rhythm and Freedom: African American Magical Realism and the Creation of a Home Country; Angela J. Francis
6. Of Magical Gourds and Secret Senses: The Uses of Magical Realism in Asian American Literature; Begoña Simal-González
PART III: PROPHETIC PRACTICES; MYTHIC KNOWLEDGES

7. 'We, the shamans, eat tobacco and sing': Figures of Shamanic Power in US and Latin American Magical Realism; Wendy Faris
8. Mythic Realism, Dreams, and Prophecy in James Welch's The Heartsong of Charging Elk; Lori Burlingame
9. Native American (Mythic) Realism: The Infusion of Myth into Magical Realist Politics in Contemporary Native American Literature; Allison E. Brown
PART IV: MAGIC, MEMORY, AND SPACE

10. Lifting 'the Weight of the Continent': Magical Realism on the North American Landscape; Shannin Schroeder
11. Post-Holocaust Fiction and the Magical Realist Turban; Caroline Rody
12. Mama Day: Where Gothicism and Magical Realism Meet; Donald J. Reilly

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