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Title
Magical realism and cosmopolitanism Magical realism and cosmopolitanism :
Type
Text
Subject
Magic realism (Literature)
Fiction--20th century--History and criticism.
Fiction--21st century--History and criticism.
Cosmopolitanism in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
LITERARY CRITICISM / General.
Language
English
Classification
LCC: PN56.M24 S27 2014 (Source: dlc)
DDC: 809.3/911 full (Assigner: dlc)
LIT004120 (Source: bisacsh)
LIT000000 (Source: bisacsh)
LIT012000 (Source: bisacsh)
Identified By
Lccn: 2014024801
Content
text (Source: rdacontent)
Summary
"For years, critics have been asking if (and proclaiming that) magical realism is dead. Has this narrative mode, arguably the most important literary movement of the twentieth century, seen its day and become, now, an exhausted and dated form? Magical Realism and Cosmopolitanism emphatically contends that magical realism still has much to offer contemporary readers, critics, and authors. However, it has been unnecessarily limited by hermeneutical approaches that have restricted the form to particular, if significant, historical moments and concerns. Instead, this book argues, magical realism might be re-viewed for its potential to enact a range of potential functionalities. The particular function on which Magical Realism and Cosmopolitanism focuses is magical realism's capacity to construct sociological representations of belonging, a usage she traces closely in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century novels of Ben Okri, Salman Rushdie, Cristina Garcia, and Helen Oyeyemi. In demonstrating magical realism's capacity to strategize belonging, this book works not only to open up understandings of the mode to new possibilities, but also asks readers to consider ways these narratives are employing magical realism to engage contemporary, relevant concerns. Specifically, Sasser maps the preoccupation with belonging onto contemporary cosmopolitanism, that revived interdisciplinary discourse within which belonging is also a central concern, among other questions related to world citizenship. Magical realism, by enfleshing this pressing, renewed concern with belonging within narrative skin, thus demonstrates its continued purchase as a storytelling mode, one for whom the death knell need not yet be rung. "-- Provided by publisher.
Table Of Contents
Machine generated contents note:
Acknowledgements1.Magical Realism's Constructive Capacity2.'How Are We to Live in the World?': Cosmopolitan Cartographies 3.Vernacular (Hu)manism in Ben Okri's The Famished Road4.Universal Cosmopolitanism in Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence 5.The Family Nexus in Cristina Garci;a's Dreaming in Cuban6.Uncanny Subjectivity in Helen Oyeymi's The Icarus Girl7.Making a Spectacle of Itself: Magical Realism as Cosmopolitan Form in the Era of Late GlobalizationBibliographyIndex.
Authorized Access Point
Sasser, Kim, 1977- Magical realism and cosmopolitanism