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Title: Magical realism once again: From myth to post-modernity
Authors: Llarena, Alicia 
UNESCO Clasification: 57 Lingüística
570107 Lengua y literatura
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: 0319-051X
Journal: Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 
Abstract: The similarities between Latin American magical realism and European surrealism have long been regarded as part of a shared, cohesive movement in literature and art. After all, they share certain nonsensical and fantastical traits that place both movements far away from the Realism that modernism, as a whole, refutes. But in light of postcolonial theory, it becomes more and more necessary to explore magical realism as a geographically and politicallysituated movement with its own unique value in discussions of Modernism; not an offshoot of surrealism, but a sister genre, born in the distinct atmosphere of a region trying to self-identify in the face of postcolonial modernization. By exploring the conventions of the genre through some of its foundational texts—A Universal History of Infamy, The Kingdom of this World, and particularly, Men of Maize—we can then reinsert magical realism into a larger discussion about modernism in order to enrich and complicate what its global iterations meanoutside of Europe. After a quick historical background regarding the origins of magical realism, first as a regional genre and then as a field of academic study, the thesis will engage with a close reading of some ofthe mythological elements of Miguel Angel Asturias’ Men of Maize. The novel will be read in light of mythmaking, postcolonial theory, and theory regarding both genre and novel conventions. The claim in the end is that Men of Maizeshowcases a Latin American encounter with modernism and modernity that results in a fractured identity, which Asturias ultimately attempts to heal through myth and magical realism.
ISSN: 0319-051X
Source: Canadian Review of Comparative Literature[ISSN 0319-051X],v. 30, p. 313-333
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