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Catching Butterflies

Bringing Magical Realism to Ground


Maria Takolander

Contents: Defining magical realist literature – The roots of the magical realist label in the European art world – The confusion of magical realist fiction with magical realist painting – Separating magical realist fiction from magical realist painting – The development of magical realist literature in Latin America – The nationalization of magical realism in Latin America (and outside Latin America) – Interrogating anthropological notions of magical realism (and exotic notions of cultural identity associated with magical realism) – The links and differences between magical realist literature and postmodern fiction – The marginal politics of magical realism – Magical realism’s contradictory interests in deconstructing and reconstructing history.