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An artistic style characterized by highly realistic graphic representation.

hy′per·re′al·ist adj. & n.
hy′per·re′al, hy′per·re′al·ist′ic adj.


1. (Art Terms) involving or characterized by particularly realistic graphic representation
2. (Sociology) distorting or exaggerating reality
3. (Philosophy) distorting or exaggerating reality
4. (Sociology) pertaining to or creating a hyperreality
5. (Philosophy) pertaining to or creating a hyperreality
6. (Sociology) the hyperreal that which constitutes hyperreality
7. (Philosophy) the hyperreal that which constitutes hyperreality
8. (Mathematics) short for hyperreal number
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This is not to misread Swift, but it is perhaps to over-read him; certainly we can trace the patterns of intertextual allusions through his work just as we can isolate Baudrillardian hyperrealities, but in the final analysis, Swift's writing most insistently emphasizes the emotions and the ways that texts move us-uncynically and unironically.
His notion of surveillance circles around the control in advance by constructed and produced hyperrealities that replace reality without us knowing it.
Like Jameson, for example, most of the critics in Postmodernism and Japan expressed concern about the loss of idealism; the replacement of history by historicity; the devaluation of reading and writing (and the concurrent emphasis of data-acquisitions at the expense of knowledge); the replacement of the real by the hyperrealities generated by a media or cultural industry increasingly dominated by youth culture; and the difficulties posed for citizens in being able to locate themselves, physically and imaginatively, within such realms.
He points out that "Native American Indian literatures have been pressed into cultural categories, transmuted by reductionism, animadversions and the hyperrealities of neocolonial consumernism" (Vizenor 1989a:5).