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Mimesis Genres & Post Colonial Discourse: Deconstructing Magic Realism

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J. Durix
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Includes an analysis of novels by, among others, Gabriel García Márquez and Salman Rushdie, and of the Theories of Edouard Glissant and Wilson HarrisOffers a redefinition of 'Magic Realism'Offers a reappraisal of genres and mimesis in post-colonial Literature
General Introduction PART I: ARE DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN GENRES STILL RELEVANT? A: A Compulsive Search for Taxinomy? B: Major Themes and Genres PART II: REALITY, REALISM AND MIMESIS A: A Brief Historical Reminder of the Relationship Between Art and Mimesis B: Art and a New 'Repossessed' Post-Colonial Reality PART III: FROM FANTASY TO MAGIC REALISM A: The Fantastic and 'Magic Realism' B: Definitions of the Fantastic C: Magic Realism: The Building of a Literary Genre D: Some Characteristics of Magic Realism in the Works of Rushdie and García Márquez E: Magic Realism and the New Literatures PART IV: TOWARDS HYBRID AESTHETICS A: Definitions of 'Culture' B: Post-Colonial Literatures and Hybridization C: Edouard Glissant's Aesthetic Theories D: Wilson Harris and Palace of the Peacock Conclusion Bibliography Index
Through a broad-ranging survey of the allegory, utopia, the historical novel and the epic in post-colonial literature, Jean-Pierre Durix proposes a critical reassessment of the theory of genres. He argues that, in the New Literatures which are often rooted in hybrid aesthetics, the often decried mimesis must be viewed from a completely different angle. Analysing texts by Gabriel García Márquez, Salman Rushdie, Alejo Carpentier, Wilson Harris and Edouard Glissant, he pleads for the redefinition of 'magic realism' if the term is to retain generic relevance.

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