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Author Sasser, Kim, 1977- author

Title Magical realism and cosmopolitanism : strategized belonging / Kim Sasser
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
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Contents 1.Magical Realism's Constructive Capacity -- 2.'How Are We to Live in the World?': Cosmopolitan Cartographies -- 3.Vernacular (Hu)manism in Ben Okri's "The Famished Road" -- 4.Universal Cosmopolitanism in Salman Rushdie's "The Enchantress of Florence " -- 5.The Family Nexus in Cristina Garc╠Ľa's "Dreaming in Cuban" -- 6.Uncanny Subjectivity in Helen Oyeymi's "The Icarus Girl" -- 7.Making a Spectacle of Itself: Magical Realism as Cosmopolitan Form in the Era of Late Globalization
Summary "For years, critics have been asking if (and proclaiming that) magical realism is dead. Has this narrative mode, arguably the most important literary movement of the twentieth century, seen its day and become, now, an exhausted and dated form? Magical Realism and Cosmopolitanism emphatically contends that magical realism still has much to offer contemporary readers, critics, and authors. However, it has been unnecessarily limited by hermeneutical approaches that have restricted the form to particular, if significant, historical moments and concerns. Instead, this book argues, magical realism might be re-viewed for its potential to enact a range of potential functionalities. The particular function on which Magical Realism and Cosmopolitanism focuses is magical realism's capacity to construct sociological representations of belonging, a usage she traces closely in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century novels of Ben Okri, Salman Rushdie, Cristina Garcia, and Helen Oyeyemi. In demonstrating magical realism's capacity to strategize belonging, this book works not only to open up understandings of the mode to new possibilities, but also asks readers to consider ways these narratives are employing magical realism to engage contemporary, relevant concerns. Specifically, Sasser maps the preoccupation with belonging onto contemporary cosmopolitanism, that revived interdisciplinary discourse within which belonging is also a central concern, among other questions related to world citizenship. Magical realism, by enfleshing this pressing, renewed concern with belonging within narrative skin, thus demonstrates its continued purchase as a storytelling mode, one for whom the death knell need not yet be rung. "-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Cosmopolitanism in literature.
Fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
Magic realism (Literature)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1137301902 (electronic bk)
9781137301901 (electronic bk)