Magic Realism

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Magic Realism

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

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