English

Magic in the Everyday: An Examination of Style and Its Impacts on Magical Realism

Ariana Adams

Description/Abstract

As magical realism entered into the mix of contemporary literature, critics and readers alike have grappled with the surreal way this subgenre works to convey meaning. Through its magnification of everyday items and events there is a use of fantastic and, at times, grotesque visions of reality to convey difficult truths about society, life, and ourselves. While magical realism continues to evolve, writers are finding their voices in this area to create profound meaning. These variations of style distinguish authors and their interpretation of magical realism to create plots that employ the unique characteristics of the subgenre in order to convey truths that force readers to view life from a completely new perspective. In this presentation, I argue that an author’s writing style distinguishes their interpretations of magical realism to create unique plots that convey truths and force readers to view life from unanticipated perspectives. To illustrate my point, I first provide a definition of magical realism. I then turn to the short story “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” by Gabriel García Márquez as a touchstone and source of analysis concerning the balance of fantastic and mundane found within the subgenre. I argue that the concept of style and how it affects the way a story is interpreted enhances the messages conveyed through magical realism. I close by presenting interviews by writers who compose works within this area.

 
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Magic in the Everyday: An Examination of Style and Its Impacts on Magical Realism

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As magical realism entered into the mix of contemporary literature, critics and readers alike have grappled with the surreal way this subgenre works to convey meaning. Through its magnification of everyday items and events there is a use of fantastic and, at times, grotesque visions of reality to convey difficult truths about society, life, and ourselves. While magical realism continues to evolve, writers are finding their voices in this area to create profound meaning. These variations of style distinguish authors and their interpretation of magical realism to create plots that employ the unique characteristics of the subgenre in order to convey truths that force readers to view life from a completely new perspective. In this presentation, I argue that an author’s writing style distinguishes their interpretations of magical realism to create unique plots that convey truths and force readers to view life from unanticipated perspectives. To illustrate my point, I first provide a definition of magical realism. I then turn to the short story “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” by Gabriel García Márquez as a touchstone and source of analysis concerning the balance of fantastic and mundane found within the subgenre. I argue that the concept of style and how it affects the way a story is interpreted enhances the messages conveyed through magical realism. I close by presenting interviews by writers who compose works within this area.