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Lies that tell the truth : magic realism seen through contemporary fiction from Britain

Author: Anne C Hegerfeldt
Publisher: Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2005.
Series: Costerus, new ser., v. 155.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Magic realism has long been treated as a phenomenon restricted to postcolonial literature. Drawing on works from Britain, Lies that Tell the Truth compellingly shows how magic realist fiction can be produced also at what is usually considered to be the cultural centre without forfeiting the mode's postcolonial attitude and aims. A close analysis of works by Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Jeanette Winterson, Robert  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hegerfeldt, Anne C.
Lies that tell the truth.
Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2005
(OCoLC)57541165
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anne C Hegerfeldt
ISBN: 9781417591060 1417591064
OCLC Number: 60074765
Description: 1 online resource (383 pages).
Contents: The critical debate : an overview --
A working definition --
Magic "mongrel" realism : the adaptation of other genres and modes --
Through anOther's eyes : magic realist focalizers --
Mythos meets logos : paradigms of knowledge in magic realist fiction --
Making the real fantastic and the fantastic real : strategies of destabilization --
Making the immaterial matter : techniques of literalization --
Mimicking the mind : magic realism as an inquiry into human thought --
"The only real ism of these back-to-front and jabberwocky days" : mimicking a fantastic reality.
Series Title: Costerus, new ser., v. 155.
Responsibility: Anne C. Hegerfeldt.

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Magic realism has long been treated as a phenomenon restricted to postcolonial literature. Drawing on works from Britain, Lies that Tell the Truth compellingly shows how magic realist fiction can be produced also at what is usually considered to be the cultural centre without forfeiting the mode's postcolonial attitude and aims. A close analysis of works by Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Jeanette Winterson, Robert Nye and others reveals how the techniques of magic realism generate a complex critique of the West's rational-empirical worldview from within a Western context itself. Understanding magic realism as a fictional analogue of anthropology and sociology, Lies that Tell the Truth reads the mode as a frequently humorous but at the same time critical investigation into people's attempts to make sense of their world. By laying bare the manifold strategies employed to make meaning, magic realist fiction indicates that knowledge and reality cannot be reduced to hard facts, but that people's dreams and fears, ideas, stories and beliefs must equally be taken into account.

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