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magical realism

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1. (Art Terms) a style of painting or writing that depicts images or scenes of surreal fantasy in a representational or realistic way
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a style of painting or writing that depicts images or scenes of surreal fantasy in a representational or realistic way
magic realist, magical realist n

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(or mag′ical) re′alism,


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an artistic style in which often fantastic images or events are depicted in a sharply realistic manner.

magic realism

Originally used in the 1920s to describe paintings which combined surreal fantasy with matter-of-fact representation; adapted for more recent literary work which combines documentary realism with imaginative fantasies.
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Noun1.magic realism - a literary or artistic genre in which realistic narrative or meticulously realistic painting are combined with surreal elements of fantasy or dreamsmagic realism - a literary or artistic genre in which realistic narrative or meticulously realistic painting are combined with surreal elements of fantasy or dreams
genre - a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique
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While aware of both the Magic Realists and the Surrealists, they aligned themselves with neither group.
The plots of magic realists amalgamate not only cultural opposites, but also that which is serious and trivial, overstated and understated, tragic and comic.
The work of the Magic Realists consists of psychologically charged editations on an inner reality, and as such is related not only to Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism but also to developments in a number of artistic disciplines: to the erotic photography of Cadmus's friend George Platt Lynes; to innovations in dance, both modern and classical, being championed by Cadmus's brother-in-law Lincoln Kirstein; to experimental film, including works by Maya Deren and Kenneth Anger; and to literary explorations of an "out" gay consciousness, including the writings of Cadmus's friend and admirer E.
It contains very few items from the late 80s and 90s, omits translations of Borges, Marquez, and other Hispanic magic realists, and leaves out Elisabeth Vonarburg and as far as I can tell any other Francophone Canadian authors.