Magical realism is an internationally-recognized literary style that began in Latin America around the time of the “Boom,” a time characterized by a surge in the creation and marketing of literary works in the 1960s. Its popularity has us ask ourselves the following question: What characteristics in the works shed light on a more concrete definition of magical realism?
This presentation will first give a short historical background to contextualize magical realism and will then examine literary works within the movement to clarify what magical realism is. Looking at Alejo Carpentier’s El reino de este mundo, Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, and Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo, I will analyze how the authors are able to paint a picture of a more authentic and subjective reality with more depth, while employing a writing style that is completely objective.
Julia Tanguay, ’11
Majors: Spanish, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Sponsor: Carol Lacy-Salazar