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Title: Magical realism in Ovid's 'Metamorphoses'
Author: Robinson, Lorna Sophia
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2005
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This thesis explores aspects of magical realism in Ovid's Metamorphoses . It uses the Cien anos de soledad of Gabriel Garcia Marquez as a comparative tool, examining narrative devices common to both texts; each chapter analyses an important feature of magical realist theory or technique. The first chapter studies the narrative methods that create magical realism, such as anachronism, hybridism and use of internal narrators. In the second chapter, the theory that magical realism arises from a clash of cultures is explored by analysing magical realist episodes in each text from a cultural perspective. The third chapter focuses exclusively on magical realism's connection to Latin America, while the fourth chapter uses case studies of characters from each text to examine how effectively the mode depicts reality. The final chapter investigates the representation of artists and creativity in each work. By exploring Ovid's poem using a modern critical theory, this thesis provides fresh insight into magical aspects of Metamorphoses and broadens the scope of magical realism as a literary term.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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