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Magic(al) Realism : New Critical Idiom - Maggie Ann Bowers

Magic(al) Realism

New Critical Idiom

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Published: 16th July 2005
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The last three decades have seen an increase in popularity of magical realist fiction as a form of narrative, adopted by writers and enjoyed by readers across the globe. At the same time, the term has been open to misuse and has become conflated with related terms such as 'magic' and 'marvellous' realism. In this invaluable student handbook, Maggie Ann Bowers
*Provides clear definitions and distinctions between the terms
*Examines their origins in German post-expressionist painting and Latin American fiction
*Explores the relationship with other art movements, such as surrealism
*Offers an historical overview of the geographical, cultural and political contexts in which magical realist art, fiction and film have been produced
*Considers the relationship to issues of postcolonialism, cross-culturalism and postmodernism
*Illustrates her analysis drawing on examples of the work of eminent writers and artists, including Salman Rushdie, Frida Kahlo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Angela Carter.
"Magic(al) Realism" helps the student navigate the complexities of magic, magical and marvellous realism within art and literary criticism, and will be of use to any reader who is confused by the conflation and contradictory usage of these terms.

'[Bower's] overall purpose is "to guide the non-expert through the minefield of terms, to identify the origins of the terms and concepts in art, literature and film and to introduce readers to a range of innovative and engaging fictions". All of this she achieves: the text is easily understood without being simplistic, and the glossary, though short, is clear and very helpful.' British Bulletin of Publications

'What renders Bower's Magic(al) Realism such a valuable and comprehensive introduction is that in addition to literature, she also considers artefacts from other fields of cultural production ... Bower's analysis of magical realism also proves exceptional in that she repeatedly draws attention to the importance of the cultural location of the audience in receiving a work as magic realist.' - Wasafiri

Origins of magic(al) realismp. 8
Delimiting the termsp. 20
Locations of magic(al) realismp. 32
Transgressive variants of magical realismp. 66
Cross-cultural variants of magical realismp. 83
Magic(al) realism and cultural productionp. 103
The future of magic(al) realismp. 121
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ISBN: 9780415268530
ISBN-10: 0415268532
Series: New Critical Idiom
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 16th July 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1