A Companion to Magical Realism by Stephen M. Hart, Wen-chin Ouyang PDF

By Stephen M. Hart, Wen-chin Ouyang

This new better half to Magical Realism offers an evaluate of the world-wide impression of a circulate which used to be incubated in Germany, flourished in Latin the US after which unfold to the remainder of the area. It offers a suite of up to date tests of the paintings of writers generally linked to magical realism resembling Gabriel García Márquez (in specific his lately released memoirs), Alejo Carpentier, Miguel ngel Asturias, Juan Rulfo, Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel and Salman Rushdie, in addition to bringing into the fold new authors akin to W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, José Saramago, Dorit Rabinyan, Ovid, María Luisa Bombal, Ibrahim al-Kawni, Mayra Montero, Nakagami Kenji, José Eustasio Rivera and Elias Khoury, mentioned for the 1st time within the context of magical realism. Written in a jargon-free kind, and with all quotations translated into English, this e-book deals a clean new interdisciplinary slant on magical realism as a global literary phenomenon rising from the trauma of colonial dispossession. The significant other additionally has a advisor to additional analyzing.

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Hart and Wen-chin Ouyang Intended as a celebration ten years on of Lois Parkinson Zamora and Wendy B. Faris’s landmark volume, Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community (1995), this Companion to Magical Realism is informed by the scope and parameters delineated by its predecessor but hopes to offer its readers something new at the same time, bringing new themes, issues and writers into the purview of magical realism. It has not been the intention of the editors to impose a Latin American straightjacket reading old or new texts that are the subject of the papers collected in this volume (as if to argue that they depart from the Latin American norm and London: University of Illinois Press, 1976); and Robert Scholes, Fabulation and Metafiction (Urbana, Chicago, London: University of Illinois Press, 1979).

If ‘Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius’ takes idealism to its logical (and absurd) extreme, ‘The Zahir’ and ‘Funes the Memorious’ do the same with pragmatism. Recognizing this play of extremes, I would suggest – I already have – that it is the impossible, idealizing language of Tlön to which Borges himself aspires, and the utterly specific language of Funes that he works to subvert in all of his fiction. For Borges, the elusive essence of the real must be approached indirectly, through ‘second degree’ objects like hrönir or his own stories, which do not limit the real because they are strategically removed from it.

Faris’s landmark volume, Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community (1995), this Companion to Magical Realism is informed by the scope and parameters delineated by its predecessor but hopes to offer its readers something new at the same time, bringing new themes, issues and writers into the purview of magical realism. It has not been the intention of the editors to impose a Latin American straightjacket reading old or new texts that are the subject of the papers collected in this volume (as if to argue that they depart from the Latin American norm and London: University of Illinois Press, 1976); and Robert Scholes, Fabulation and Metafiction (Urbana, Chicago, London: University of Illinois Press, 1979).

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