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A Companion to Magical Realism


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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, a 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 text 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 Speson, Jason Wilson.


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


First Published: 20 Oct 2005
13 Digit ISBN: 9781855661202
Pages: 304
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Tamesis Books
BIC Class: GTB

Details updated on 05 Oct 2015


  • 1  Introduction: Globalization of Magical Realism: New Poltics of Aesthetics [with Wen-chin Ouyang]
  • 2  Introduction: Globalization of Magical Realism: New Politics of Aesthetics [with Stephen M Hart]
  • 3  Section I: Introduction: Genealogies, Myths, Archives
  • 4  Swords and Silver Rings: Magical Objects in the Work of Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez
  • 5  The Presence of Myth in Borges, Carpentier, Asturias, Rulfo and García Márquez
  • 6  The Earth as Archive in Bombal, Parra, Asturias and Rulfo [with Julia King]
  • 7  Alejo Carpentier's Re-invention of América Latin as Real and Marvellous
  • 8  The Golden Age Myth in Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Ovid's Metamorphoses
  • 9  Lessons from the Golden Age in Gabriel García Márquez's Living to Tell the Tale
  • 10  Section II: Introduction: History, Nightmare, Fantasy
  • 11  History and the Fantastic in José Saramago's Fiction
  • 12  Magical-Realist Elements in José Eustasio Rivera's The Vortex
  • 13  Beyond Magic Realism in The Red of His Shadow by Marya Montero
  • 14  Cops, Robbers, and Anarcho-terrorists: Crime and Magical Realism's Jewish Question
  • 15  Flights of Fancy: Angela Carter's Transgressive Narratives
  • 16  Section III: Introduction: The Politics of Magic
  • 17  Humour and Magical Realism in El reino de este mundo
  • 18  Magical Realism and Children's Literature: Isabel Allende's La Ciudad de las Bestias
  • 19  Unsavoury Representations in Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate
  • 20  Not so Innocent - An Israeli Tale of Subversion: Dorit Rabinyan's Persian Brides
  • 21  Magical Realism as Ideology: Narrative Evasions in the Work of Nakagami Kenji
  • 22  Legend, Fantasy and the Birth of the New in `Los funerales de la Mamá Grande by Gabriel García Márquez
  • 23  Section IV: Introduction: Empire, Nation, Magic
  • 24  Magical Nationalism, Lyric Poetry and the Marvellous: W. B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney
  • 25  Empire and Tribal Magic in a Tuareg Epic: Ibrahim al-Kuni's Lunar Eclipse
  • 26  Magical Realism and Nomadic Writing in the Maghreb
  • 27  Of Numerology and Butterflies: Magical Realism in Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses
  • 28  From The Thousand and One Nights to Magical Realism: Postnational Predicament in The Journey of Little Ghandi by Elias KhouryElias Khoury
  • 29  Guide to Further Reading [with Kenneth Reeds]
  • 30  Select Bibliography