A Companion to Magical Realism

A Companion to Magical Realism

Edited by Stephen M. Hart, Wen-chin Ouyang


Tamesis Books



A refreshing new interdisciplinary slant on magical realism as an international literary phenomenon emerging from the trauma of colonial dispossession.
The Companion to Magical Realism provides an assessment of the world-wide impact of a movement which was incubated in Germany, flourished in Latin America and then spread to the rest of the world. It provides a set of up-to-date assessments of the work of writers traditionally associated with magical realism such as Gabriel García Márquez (in particular his recently published memoirs), Alejo Carpentier, Miguel ngel Asturias, Juan Rulfo, Isabel Allende, Laura Esquivel and Salman Rushdie, as well as bringing into the fold new authors such as W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, José Saramago, Dorit Rabinyan, Ovid, María Luisa Bombal, Ibrahim al-Kawni, Mayra Montero, Nakagami Kenji, José Eustasio Rivera and Elias Khoury, discussed for the first time in the context of magical realism.
Written in a jargon-free style, and with all quotations translated into English, this book offers a refreshing new interdisciplinary slant on magical realism as an international literary phenomenon emerging from the trauma of colonial dispossession. The companion also has a Guide to Further Reading.

Stephen Hart is Professor of Hispanic Studies, University College London and Doctor Honoris Causa of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru. Wen-chin Ouyang lectures in Arabic Literature and Comparative Literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
CONTRIBUTORS: Jonathan Allison, Michael Berkowitz, John D. Erickson, Robin Fiddian, Evelyn Fishburn, Stephen M. Hart, David Henn, Stephanie Jones, Julia King, Efraín Kristal, Mark Morris, Humberto Núñez-Faraco, Wen-Chin Ouyang, Lois Parkinson Zamora, Helene Price, Tsila A. Ratner, Kenneth Reeds, Alejandra Rengifo, Lorna Robinson, Sarah Sceats, Donald L. Shaw, Stefan Sperl, Philip Swanson, Jason Wilson.


304 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
Hardback, 9781855661202, October 2005
Paperback, 9781855662131, March 2010
Library eBook
Tamesis Books
BISAC LIT004100, LIT020000
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Globalization of Magical Realism: New Poltics of Aesthetics (with Wen-chin Ouyang) - Stephen M. Hart
Introduction: Globalization of Magical Realism: New Politics of Aesthetics (with Stephen M Hart) - Wen-Chin Ouyang
Section I: Introduction: Genealogies, Myths, Archives - Stephen M. Hart
Swords and Silver Rings: Magical Objects in the Work of Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez - Lois Parkinson Zamora
The Presence of Myth in Borges, Carpentier, Asturias, Rulfo and García Márquez - Donald L Shaw
The Earth as Archive in Bombal, Parra, Asturias and Rulfo (with Julia King) - Stephen M. Hart
Alejo Carpentier's Re-invention of América Latin as Real and Marvellous -
The Golden Age Myth in Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Ovid's Metamorphoses - Lorna Robinson
Lessons from the Golden Age in Gabriel García Márquez's Living to Tell the Tale - Efraín Kristal
Section II: Introduction: History, Nightmare, Fantasy - Stephen M. Hart
History and the Fantastic in José Saramago's Fiction - David Henn
Magical-Realist Elements in José Eustasio Rivera's The Vortex - Humberto Nuñez-Faraco
Beyond Magic Realism in The Red of His Shadow by Marya Montero - Alejandra Rengifo
Cops, Robbers, and Anarcho-terrorists: Crime and Magical Realism's Jewish Question - Michael Berkowitz
Flights of Fancy: Angela Carter's Transgressive Narratives - Sarah Sceats
Section III: Introduction: The Politics of Magic - Wen-Chin Ouyang
Humour and Magical Realism in El reino de este mundo - Evelyn Fishburn
Magical Realism and Children's Literature: Isabel Allende's La Ciudad de las Bestias - Philip Swanson
Unsavoury Representations in Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate - Helene Price
Not so Innocent - An Israeli Tale of Subversion: Dorit Rabinyan's Persian Brides - Tsila Ratner
Magical Realism as Ideology: Narrative Evasions in the Work of Nakagami Kenji - Mark Morris
Legend, Fantasy and the Birth of the New in `Los funerales de la Mamá Grande by Gabriel García Márquez - Robin Fiddian
Section IV: Introduction: Empire, Nation, Magic - Wen-Chin Ouyang
Magical Nationalism, Lyric Poetry and the Marvellous: W. B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney - Johnathan Allison
Empire and Tribal Magic in a Tuareg Epic: Ibrahim al-Kuni's Lunar Eclipse - Stefan Sperl
Magical Realism and Nomadic Writing in the Maghreb - John Erickson
Of Numerology and Butterflies: Magical Realism in Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses - Stephanie Jones
From The Thousand and One Nights to Magical Realism: Postnational Predicament in The Journey of Little Ghandi by Elias KhouryElias Khoury - Wen-Chin Ouyang
Guide to Further Reading (with Kenneth Reeds) - Stephen M. Hart
Select Bibliography - Stephen M. Hart


This companion is a valuable, updated and much needed consolidation of magical realism scholarship. JILAS JOURNAL OF IBERIAN AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
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