Fall 2007

Disruptive Geographies: Magical Realism & the World


Alicia E. Ellis (Section 01)


This course considers Magical Realism as a literary genre as well as a creative practice that both dislocates and re-frames historical conflicts and cultural encounters of the last 200 years. What are the political, gendered, racial, and social contexts and hierarchies in which Magical Realism is produced? Who writes Magical Realism and who are its subjects? Is there an internal logic to Magical Realism that allows for the incorporation of fantastic events into daily life? What is the relationship between Magical Realism and pre-established/canonical forms? Authors will include Juan Rulfo, Alejo Carpentier, Patrick Chamoiseau, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Erna Brodber, Jamaica Kincaid, and Jeanette Winterson. Limited to 20 students. First semester. Visiting Professor Ellis.