A brief history of Magical Realism - EXPeditions

A brief history of Magical Realism

by Chris Warnes
  • Key point 1
    In 1949, the genre of magical realism emerged as part of a movement. Three important texts were published: Men of Maize, The Kingdom of This World and The Aleph.
  • Key point 2
    There are two strands of magical realism: the first is characterised by its relationship with scepticism, by a playful element that serves as the basis of serious philosophical questions. The second is how the magical provides the grounds for thinking about an expanded sense of realism.
  • Key point 3
    In the 1970s and 1980s, Latin American writers started to move away from magical realism and anglophone writers started exploring the genre.