Magic Realism | Critical Essay by Scott Simpkins

This literature criticism consists of approximately 20 pages of analysis & critique of Magic Realism.
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Critical Essay by Scott Simpkins

SOURCE: “Magical Strategies: The Supplement of Realism,” in Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 34, No. 2, Summer, 1988, pp. 140-54.

In the following essay, Simpkins attempts to define magic realism and argues that the genre is hindered by linguistic limitations.

Magic realism seems plagued by a distinct dilemma, a problem arising primarily from its use of supplementation to “improve” upon the realistic text. The source of this nagging difficulty can be attributed to the faulty linguistic medium that all texts employ, and even though the magic realist text appears to overcome the “limits” of realism, it can succeed only partially because of the frustrating inadequacies of language. The magical text appears to displace these shortcomings through a textual apparition, but this appearance itself illustrates the representational bind which hampers its desired success...

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