The Palgrave Handbook of Magical Realism in the Twenty-First Century

Editors: Perez, Richard, Chevalier, Victoria A. (Eds.)

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  • Brings together important scholarship on postcolonial literature
  • Includes essays on American, Caribbean, Latin American, African, and Austrlian literatures
  • Emphasizes the transformation of magical realism
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The Palgrave Handbook of Magical Realism in the Twenty-First Century examines magical realism in literatures from around the globe. Featuring twenty-seven essays written by leading scholars, this anthology argues that literary expressions of magical realism proliferate globally in the twenty-first century due to travel and migrations, the shrinking of time and space, and the growing encroachment of human life on nature. In this global context, magical realism addresses twenty-first-century politics, aesthetics, identity, and social/national formations where contact between and within cultures has exponentially increased, altering how communities and nations imagine themselves. This text assembles a group of critics throughout the world—the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia—who employ multiple theoretical approaches to examine the different ways magical realism in literature has transitioned to a global practice; thus, signaling a new stage in the history and development of the genre. 


About the authors

Richard Perez is Associate Professor of English at John Jay College at the City University of New York, USA.  He is the co-editor of two critical anthologies published by Palgrave Macmillan: Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Criticism (2007) and Moments of Magical Realism in U.S. Ethnic Literatures (2012). 

Victoria A. Chevalier is Associate Professor of English at Medgar Evers College at The City University of New York, USA.  She has published articles in Contemporary U.S. Latino/a Literary Criticism, John Oliver Killens Review, and Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas


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“There is lots to say about magical realism these days, it seems. This theoretically oriented volume, focusing on being, questions magical realism’s hierarchies--self and other, human and animal, human and nature, living and dead, and in so doing, interrogates and complexifies magical realism’s histories and categories, plumbing complex depths within an astonishing array of texts. Perhaps the collection’s greatest contribution is this global reach, finally taking us substantially beyond western perspectives, and illustrating how magical realism constitutes a major example of contemporary cultural globalization.” (Wendy B. Faris, author of Ordinary Enchantments: Magical Realism and the Remystification of Narrative (2004))

Table of contents (28 chapters)

Table of contents (28 chapters)
  • Introduction: “Proliferations of Being: The Persistence of Magical Realism in Twenty-First Century Literature and Culture”

    Pages 1-19

    Perez, Richard (et al.)

  • The Global Life of Genres and the Material Travels of Magical Realism

    Pages 23-65

    Siskind, Mariano

  • Magical Realism, Afrofuturism, and (Afro)Surrealism: The Entanglement of Categories in African Fiction

    Pages 67-82

    Moudileno, Lydie

  • South Asian Magical Realism

    Pages 83-100

    Kantor, Roanne L.

  • Magical Realism and the Descriptive Turn

    Pages 101-117

    del Pilar Blanco, María

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave Handbook of Magical Realism in the Twenty-First Century
Editors
  • Richard Perez
  • Victoria A. Chevalier
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-39835-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-39835-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-39834-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 650
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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