Realism And The Remystification Of Narrative By Wendy B. Faris

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Magical realism is a form of literary expression traditionally associated with Latin American literature and characterized by a merging of fantastical or mythical elements with realistic fiction, so that it presents a reality in which the mundane is lent a dimension of magic and the “unusual” is normalized. Even this definition of magical realism proves slippery. Whether it can be attributed to literature as a genre or a series of stylistic choices and trademark inclusions has been a great source of debate. Ultimately, while a strict definition of what magical realism really is continues to be elusive, it does have a set of identifiable qualities. In her book, Ordinary Enchantments: Magical Realism and the Remystification of Narrative, writer Wendy B. Faris breaks down the tropes of magical realism into five parts:
First, the text contains an “irreducible
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These elements are what create the effect of the mythical without the story being an outright fantasy. Many literary scholars are of the belief that magical realism rose to popularity in Latin America as a response to postcolonialism[1]. Postcolonial literature is comprised of the literary canon that addresses the problems and consequences of decolonization through the lens of a colonizer/colonized experience. As former colonies, including those of Latin America, gained independence from European powers, it became necessary for the citizens of these territories to examine both their culture and their relation to the world.
The era of colonialism under the European empire was one of oppression and stealth. The colonization of Latin American occurred between the 16th and 18th centuries, ending in the 19th century as nearly all colonies gained independence between 1808 and
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