Outrageous humour: satirical magical realism

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With growing recognition of the unreliability of political rhetoric, Bowers considers the sub-genre of magical realist satire in relation to World Literature. Regarding magical realist satire as a cross-genre of menippean satire and magical realism, Bowers responds to the relative lack of critical attention to satirical elements of magical realism, despite the overtly political aspects of many magical realist texts. In examination of the representation of political events in a diversity of seminal magical realist novels, Bowers recognises the dark side of what binds World Literature and texts of magical realist satire together. This chapter reveals that satirical magical realism shares a reliance with World Literature upon a balance of the global and general and local and specific, within their imaginative responses to the world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Magical Realism in the Twenty-First Century
EditorsRichard Perez, Victoria A. Chevalier
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-39835-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-39834-7
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020


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