Magical Realism and The Fantastic

Faculty/Professorship: Romance Literary Studies: Hispanic Literatures  
Author(s): Lainck, Arndt; Rodrigues-Moura, Enrique  
Alternative Title: Realismo mágico
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2022
Pages: 1-11
Edition: 1
Source/Other editions: The Routledge handbook to the culture and media of the Americas / Raussert, Wilfried, Anatol, Giselle Liza, Thies, Sebastian, Berkin, Sarah Corona, Lozano, José Carlos (Hg.). - London and New York : Routledge, 2020. S. 136-146. - ISBN: 978-1-138-47982-1
is version of: 10.4324/9781351064705
Year of first publication: 2020
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivatives 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-566072
This entry intends to determine the nature of the relationship between realism and the fantastic in magical realism, where the marvelous comes into play, and how exactly the lines between such apparently distinct categories as reality and fantasy are crossed or made indistinguishable. By taking a closer look at how the creation of this new combination of dissimilar elements fits into the cultural landscapes in which it originated, reasons can be found for why magical realism has become so successful in the Americas, Latin America and beyond. Magical realism has offered the world a literary model of resistance, being rebellious, anti-establishment, non-European, and anti-colonialist in its origins. While the genre in its original calling and form is no longer «en vogue» its variants keep on nourishing alternative literary modes and visions in the Americas and beyond.
GND Keywords: Magischer Realismus <Literatur>; Das Fantastische
Keywords: Magic realism, subaltern, resistance, non-European, anticolonialism, postcolonialism
DDC Classification: 860 Spanish & Portuguese literature  
RVK Classification: IQ 00265   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Contribution to an Articlecollection
Release Date: 24. May 2023

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