Hispanic/Latino Spirituality Paoer

Topics: Magic realism, Realism, Reality Pages: 2 (473 words) Published: April 22, 2013
Magical realism is a genre where magic elements are a natural part in an otherwise mundane, realistic environment. It has been said that "Magical realism is a continuation of the romantic realist tradition of Spanish language literature and its European counterparts" (Faris). Magical realism allows the author to expand character's attributes to relatability. One example of this occurs when a character continues to be alive beyond the normal length of life and this is subtly depicted by the character being present throughout many generations. On the surface the story has no clear magical attributes and everything is conveyed in a real setting, but such a character breaks the rules of our real world. The author may give precise details of the real world such as the date of birth of a reference character and the army recruitment age, but such facts help to define an age for the fantastic character of the story that would turn out to be an abnormal occurrence like someone living for two hundred years. Professor Matthew Strecher defines magic realism as "what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something too strange to believe". This critical perspective towards magical realism stems from the Western reader's disassociation with mythology, a root of magical realism more easily understood by non-Western cultures. (Faris) Western confusion regarding magical realism is due to the "conception of the real" created in a magical realist text: rather than explain reality using natural or physical laws, as in typical Western texts, magical realist texts create a reality "in which the relation between incidents, characters, and setting could not be based upon or justified by their status within the physical world or their normal acceptance by bourgeois mentality" (Flores). In Sandra Cisneros’, Ghosts and Voices: Writing from Obsession, she details her autobiography and creates a sense of disconnectedness with the world around her. She reveals...
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