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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

mag′ic

(or mag′ical) re′alism,


n.
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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His works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, most notably for popularising a literary style known as magic realism, which uses magical elements and events in otherwise ordinary and realistic situations.
Powerful and touching, music and magic realism collide in this darkly funny and moving tour-de-force solo show featuring Alex Walton and the voice of comedian Rob Newman.
Fly me Home mixes magic realism in a very topical tale of immigration, showing the family's difficulties when settling in a new country, from the mother having to work night shifts to make ends meet, to the brother falling in with the wrong crowd, and Leelu herself having difficulties at school.
99 HHHH H NO stranger to the genres of myth and magic realism, Joanne Harris takes inspiration from one of the 19th-century Child Ballads (traditional ballads collected by Francis James Child) to craft a story of love, betrayal and terrible revenge.
Cervantes makes use of magic realism in portraying his female subjects.
Magic realism provides an effective framework for grappling with gender identity, situating it in an "otherwhere" while orchestrating it in an emotional reality where it feels as natural as breath and as tangible as Samirs man-made moons.
Kafka's trademark magic realism seeps out of the city post sunset and mingles with the stories they tell the tourists.
Mozambican biologist and author Mia Couto, the son of Portuguese immigrants, has written more than 25 books, including novels and poetry and short story collections, many of which blend magic realism and historical fiction.
Leung's use of magic realism to heighten gender, racial and class tensions in the narrative is masterly--the device adds rich texture without ever feeling gimmicky, and care is taken to ground the fantastical aspects in satisfying detail.
Chapter six studies selected works of Isabel Allende, Ana Castillo, and Toni Morrison to investigate how magic realism can be used to spread ecofeminist consciousness.
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Ripper is very much an up to date novel with references to Osama bin Laden (Miller was one of the team that killed him), and to Oscar Pistorius (no, not the current trial but his superior prosthetic equipment), plus a side swipe at magic realism being passe.