Meaning of magic realism in English:

magic realism

(also magical realism)


mass noun
  • A literary or artistic genre in which realistic narrative and naturalistic technique are combined with surreal elements of dream or fantasy.

    • ‘In her new collection of short fiction titled Engum Vaanam, she has introduced a number of narrative techniques that range from fantasy to magical realism.’
    • ‘I'm really interested to know how you deal with incorporating surrealism or magical realism into your stories.’
    • ‘His principal mode is literary realism, though his second novel invokes the magic realism of a Toni Morrison work in its portrait of Roscoe's father's ghost.’
    • ‘Garcia Marquez's magical realism works by making the connection between the fantastic and the realistic seamless; he narrates utterly implausible and plausible events alike in the style of verisimilitude.’
    • ‘The opening sequence borders on magic realism in its surreal progression from the plausible, to the credibility-straining, to over-the-top mayhem.’


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