Monday, October 20, 2014

Magical Realism: Our Top Five

This term, students in my AP English class study, among other things, Magical Realism. We're using this Princeton definition: 


Magic realism or magical realism is an aesthetic style or genre of fiction [1] in which magical elements are blended into a realistic atmosphere in order to access a deeper understanding of reality (http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Magic_realism.html).

We've engaged in some interesting conversations about what it means to "access a deeper understanding of reality" in the context of our class texts. Here is a list of class favorites: 

1) "The Handsomest Drowned Man in The World," Gabriel Garcia Marquez 


2) The Tiger's Wife, Tea Obreht   


3) Pretty Monsters, Kelly Link



4) Swamplandia! Karen Russell 



5) The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka