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Magical Realism: Locating its Contours in Postmodern Literature

Stephen, Nevil (2015): Magical Realism: Locating its Contours in Postmodern Literature. Published in: Indian Journal of Postcolonial Literature , Vol. 15, No. 15.2 (Dec 2015) (31 December 2015): pp. 109-115.


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The emergence and popularity conjured up by the literary sensibility (magical realism) in the postmodern literary milieu implicitly signals yet another milestone in the ongoing globalizing process in literature. Magical realism as a mode, style and politics widened its latitude in a world characterized by alteration, enduring change and uncertainty. This literary mode being a unique mix of discursive heterogeneity succeeded in capturing reality in alternate ways and from multiple perspectives. This paper primarily attempts in locating its contours in the postcolonial literature and its effectiveness in representing reality that is heterogeneous hybrid.

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