Magic Realism | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Mary Kinzie

This literature criticism consists of approximately 36 pages of analysis & critique of Magic Realism.
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Critical Essay by Mary Kinzie

SOURCE: “Succeeding Borges, Escaping Kafka: On the Fiction of Steven Millhauser,” in Salmagundi, No. 92, Fall, 1991, pp. 115-44.

In the following essay, Kinzie comments on elements of both magic realism and horror in the works of Steven Millhauser.

“Sinbad shifts in his seat.” So reads a sentence from a remarkable new story by Steven Millhauser, “The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad.”1 The diction, demeanor, indeed the whole rhetorical and genre “set” of that sentence is peculiar. Sinbad, the quasi-mythic hero of the Thousand and One Nights, the object (as Millhauser points out) of Scheherazade's meticulous suspensions of plot over the abyss of her death-sentence, and finally a meandering and befuddled narrator (of particular interest to our author) who can remember each voyage in greater detail than any...

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