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Magic(al) Realism navigates the complexities of one of today’s most popular genres within literature, art and film. Maggie Ann Bowers: • explores ‘magic’, ‘magical’ and ‘marvellous’ realism and the distinctions between the terms • examines their origins in German post-expressionist painting and Latin American fiction • analyses the relationship of magic(al) realism withother artistic movements, such as surrealism • offers an historical overview of the geographical, cultural and political contexts within which the genre has developed • considers the relationship of magic(al) realism to issues of postcolonialism, cross-culturalism and postmodernism • illustrates her study with fresh readings of the work of eminent writers such as Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison, IsabelAllende, Gabnel García Márquez and Angela Carter This concise yet wide-ranging guide offers a clear way through confusing terms and debates to provide the ideal introduction to a fascinating field. Maggie Ann Bowers is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth where she teaches Literature in English, specializing in multi-ethnic and postcolonial writing of North America. She previouslytaught at the University of Antwerp and is the co-editor of Convergences and Interferences: Newness in Intercultural Practices (2002).

SERIES EDITOR: JOHN DRAKAKIS, UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides to today’s critical terminology. Each book: • provides a handy, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term• offers an original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic • relates the term to the larger field of cultural representation. With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable approach to key topics in literary studies. Also available in this series:
Autobiography by Linda AndersonClass by Gary Day Colonialism/Postcolonialism by Ania Loomba Crime Fiction by John Scaggs Culture/Metaculture by Francis Mulhern Difference by Mark Currie Discourse by Sara Mills Dramatic Monologue by Glennis Byron Ecocriticism by Greg Garrard Genders by David Glover and Cora Kaplan Gothic by Fred Botting Historicism by Paul Hamilton Ideology by David Hawkes Interdisciplinarity by Joe Moran Humanismby Tony Davies Intertextuality by Graham Allen Irony by Claire Colebrook Literature by Peter Widdowson Metre, Rhythm and Verse Form by Philip Hobsbaum Modernism by Peter Childs Myth by Laurence Coupe Narrative by Paul Cobley Parody by Simon Dentith Pastoral by Terry Gifford Realism by Pam Morris Romance by Barbara Fuchs


Romanticism by Aidan Day Science Fiction by Adam RobertsSexuality by Joseph Bristow Stylistics by Richard Bradford Subjectivity by Donald E.Hall The Unconscious by Antony Easthope The Unconscious by Antony Easthope

Maggie Ann Bowers


First published 2004 by Routledge 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX 14 4RN Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada by Routledge 270 Madison Avenue, New York,NY 10016 Routledge is an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group This edition published in the Taylor & Francis e-Library, 2005. “To purchase your own copy of this or any of Taylor & Francis or Routledge’s collection of thousands of eBooks please go to” © 2004 Maggie Ann Bowers All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilized in any formor by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers. British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data...
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