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Mimesis, Genres and Post-Colonial Discourse : Deconstructing Magic Realism - Jean-Pierre Durix

Mimesis, Genres and Post-Colonial Discourse

Deconstructing Magic Realism

Hardcover Published: 17th August 1998
ISBN: 9780333732243
Number Of Pages: 206

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Through a broad-ranging survey of the allegory, utopia, the historical novel and the epic in post-colonial literature, Jean-Pierre Durix proposes a critical reassessment of the theory of genres. He argues that, in the New Literatures which are often rooted in hybrid aesthetics, the often decried mimesis must be viewed from a completely different angle. Analysing texts by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Salman Rushdie, Alejo Carpentier, Wilson Harris and Edouard Glissant, he pleads for the redefinition of 'magic realism' if the term is to retain generic relevance.

General Introduction
Are Distinctions Between Genres Still Relevant?
A Compulsive Search for Taxinomy
Major Themes and Genres
Reality, Realism and Mimesis
A Brief Historical Reminder of the Relationship Between Art and Mimesis
Art and a New "Repossessed" Post-Colonial Reality
From Fantasy to Magic Realism
The Fantastic and "Magic Realism"
Definitions of the Fantastic
Magic Realism: The Building of a Literary Genre
Some Characteristics of Magic Realism in the Works of Rushdie and Garciacute;a Maacute;rquez
Magic Realism and the New Literatures
Towards Hybrid Aesthetics
Definitions of "Culture"
Post-Colonial Literatures and Hybridization
Edouard Glissant's Aesthetic Theories
Wilson Harris and Palace of the Peacock
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ISBN: 9780333732243
ISBN-10: 0333732243
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 17th August 1998
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 3