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  • 1. Magic Realism
    English IV ● Pilgreen
  • 2. Magic Realism
    • An “art of surprises”
    • 3. Popularized by Hispanic writers
  • Distinguishing Features
    Elements of the magical & the ordinary are interwoven seamlessly; hard to determine where one stops & the other ends
    Setting is an otherwise ordinary world
    Objects & settings may take on lives of their own in a way that is ordinary to the characters
    Doesn’t always follow a traditional time structure
  • 4. Distinguishing Features
    Gives the reader a sense of being inside a puzzle or maze
    Contains contradictions, inconsistencies & ambiguities
    A metamorphosis takes place, but it’s treated as ordinary by the characters
    Similar to oral tradition: fables, myths, tall tales, urban legends
  • 5. Distinguishing Features
    Magical elements may enhance a subversive message or personalized point of view; not mainstream perspectives
    Magic occurs without using devices typical to fantasy (ghosts, angels) unless these creatures are treated as common & ordinary
  • 6. Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    “Father of Magic Realism”
    Columbian writer, journalist & publicist
    Won Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982
    One Hundred Years of Solitude
    Love in the Time of Cholera
  • 7. Sources
    References:
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/magic+realism
    http://www.public.asu.edu/~aarios/resourcebank/definitions/
    http://mockingbird.creighton.edu/ncw/marquez.htm
    http://www.oprah.com/oprahsbookclub/Magical-Realism-How-to-Read-It
    http://www.oprah.com/oprahsbookclub/Magical-Realism-In-a-Nutshell
    http://www.oprah.com/oprahsbookclub/Magical-Realism-Distinguishing-Features
    Image:
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