Magical Realism and the Postcolonial Novel

Between Faith and Irreverence

Authors: Warnes, Chris

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This book rethinks the origins and nature of magical realism and provides detailed readings of key novels by Asturias, Carpentier, García Márquez, Rushdie, and Okri. Identifying two different strands of the mode, one characterized by faith, the other by irreverence, Warnes makes available a new vocabulary for the discussion of magical realism.

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CHRISTOPHER WARNES is University Lecturer in English and a Fellow of St John's College, University of Cambridge, UK.

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'Clearly in touch with the central voices in this dialogue...Warnes achieves the task for which he aims. In the process, he composes a text that will be useful to both novice and experienced critics of magical realism, as well as scholars of postcolonial and twentieth-century literature more broadly' - Kim Sasser, University of Edniburgh, UK, Interventions

'If you are planning (or already deliver) a final-year undergraduate or postgraduate course dedicated to magical realism be it within postcolonial studies, comparative literature, or Hispanic (Latin American) studies this book can provide a complete guide for the course...this is is a fresh evaluation of a well-scrutinized field, demonstrating that the loose genre of magical realism, despite having been approached from all angles and savaged in many a poorly researched undergraduate essay, still bears valuable

substance for an understanding of the literature.' -William Rowlandson, University of Kent, UK, Modern Language Review

'This book is a good attempt to pull together the various and often contradictory strands of writing that can be categorized as magical realism and to see similarities amongst them, as well as weighing up and evaluating the range of theoretical work that has been published on magical realism. Furthermore, Warnes attempts to not only focus on the ludic qualities of this style of writing, which many other theorists have documented, but to argue for the realism of some of these works.' - Sara Mills, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, Safundi, THe Journal of South African and American Studies

'Among the recent publications which seek to offer yet another re-definition of magical realism, Christopher Warnes' study Magical Realism and the Postcolonial Novel: Between Faith and Irreverence accomplishes a double feat: while bringing into dialogue the development of both the term 'magical realism' and the mode itself, Warnes develops two paradigms representing two major structural and functional tendencies in magical realism...The result is not a redefinition of magical realism, but a thought provoking re-contextualization which offers a typology capable of spanning the varieties of the mode...the book is highly recommendable for anyone exploring magical realism, postcolonial literatures or hybrid genres.' -Jelena Kovacevic-Löckner, KULT online


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Re-thinking Magical Realism

    Pages 1-17

    Warnes, Christopher

  • Magical Realism as Postcolonial Romance

    Pages 18-40

    Warnes, Christopher

  • Faith, Idealism, and Irreverence in Asturias, Borges, and Carpentier

    Pages 41-74

    Warnes, Christopher

  • Magical Realism and Defamiliarisation in Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude

    Pages 75-96

    Warnes, Christopher

  • Migrancy and Metamorphosis in Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses

    Pages 97-123

    Warnes, Christopher

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Magical Realism and the Postcolonial Novel
Book Subtitle
Between Faith and Irreverence
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Christopher Warnes
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-23443-7
DOI
10.1057/9780230234437
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-54528-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-44086-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 189
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