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Title: An evolutionary definition of magical realism
Author: Reeds, Kenneth S.
ISNI:       0000 0004 0169 4622
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis, titled ‘An Evolutionary Definition of Magical Realism’, studies the changing meaning attached to the term in the secondary literature and, more importantly, contextualizes the criticism with a detailed analysis of key literary texts from throughout magical realism’s more than eighty years of evolution. The work of Jorge Luis Borges and Alejo Carpertier is used to elucidate the magical-realist pre-history, with particular focus on two tropes: the ‘neo-fantastic’ (a term created by Jamie Alazraki for a notion first outlined by Tzvetan Todorov) and ‘recasting of history’. The thesis subsequently analyses the presence of these two tropes in five test-cases taken from various stages in magical realism’s evolution: Gabriel García Márquez’s Cien Años de soledad, Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, Günter Grass’s The Tin Drum, Toni Morrison’s Son of Solomon, and Orhan Pamuk’s Snow. The thesis’s final goal is to demonstrate that magical realism is a combination of the neo-fantastic and recasting of history and with this definition and the close-readings which support it, confront the critical imprecision which has beleaguered the magical-realist debate for many years.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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