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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press (30 Jun. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822316404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822316404
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A fascinating read for any Hispanist, comparatist, or student of the magically real. [This work] is a useful reference tool...O --Patricia Hart, World Literature Today

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Lois Parkinson Zamora is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Houston.Wendy B. Faris is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Texas, Arlington.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily on 9 Feb. 2012
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Go this as it was part of the reading list for my degree, it was very reasonable, better then the price in the store.
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Ideal for anyone who wants magical realism "at a glance" 9 Nov. 1998
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If you agree that magical realism is a world-wide phenomenon, rather than a mode limited to Latin America, this is the text for you. It achieves a balance between the history and the critical application of magical realism, and it covers magical realist texts that are neither time- nor geography-bound. Best of all, it will lead you on a wonderful search for new works. While you might not agree that all the texts mentioned can actually be classified as "magical realism," you will learn how subjectively the term is appropriated in modern criticism. When you finish this book, you invariably have arrived at a much clearer definition of magical realism for your personal application of the term.
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This is what Magical Realism is 1 May 2010
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Dr. Zamora was my professor at the University of Houston and this text is wonderfully anthologized to bring the reader into the world of magical realism. The world of magical realism is not questioned or fabricated, but co-existing with us. The boundaries of what is real and what is not is blurred. Texts that question the plausibility of events is not magical realism, rather it is fantasy. For instance, Harry Potter series is magical and wonderful in its tales but the world is oblivious to their existence. No one questions or wonders how it is possible that there is an old man with enormous wings, but instead wonder what he is, an angel or a man (Gabriel Garcia Marquez's short story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings". This book is seminal in the introduction and collection of essays covering magical realism and why it chooses this message of delivery.

I am hooked on magical realism, or as Marquez terms it for himself "social realism", since it is fascinating that these postcolonial writers use magical realism to convey a history of blurred boundaries. I think many former colonized people will identify with the displacement they feel in being from neither here nor there, but from both here and there, a term known as hybridization.
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wonderful contribution to MR! 2 Nov. 2013
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Not the most thoroughly-researched literary genre, this collection of academia and theory is much-needed and highly-appreciated as an important contribution to discourse in the field.
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The best starting point 19 Dec. 2010
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This book is the best starting point for those who want to study magical realism. It covers the seminal texts that developed the theory and practice of magical realism, and also critical texts evaluating this aesthetic and literary category in relation to its origins, theory, history and communities.
Scholarly book for college graduates. 8 Nov. 2013
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I'm not an English major so I am in no position to give a review on this book. I bought it because I was looking for information about magical realism for the general reader. This is a scholarly book for a college graduate. Hoping to get some suggestions about other books to read; however, I really haven't done more than glance through it at this time.
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