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Mimesis, Genres and Post-Colonial Discourse

Deconstructing Magic Realism


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Jean-Pierre Durix
    Pages 1-13
  3. Jean-Pierre Durix
    Pages 15-43
  4. Jean-Pierre Durix
    Pages 45-77
  5. Jean-Pierre Durix
    Pages 79-148
  6. Jean-Pierre Durix
    Pages 149-185
  7. Jean-Pierre Durix
    Pages 187-190
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 191-206

About this book


Through a broad-ranging survey of the allegory, utopia, the historical novel and the epic in post-colonial literature, Jean-Pierre Durix proposes a critical reassessment of the theory of genres. He argues that, in the New Literatures which are often rooted in hybrid aesthetics, the often decried mimesis must be viewed from a completely different angle. Analysing texts by Gabriel García Márquez, Salman Rushdie, Alejo Carpentier, Wilson Harris and Edouard Glissant, he pleads for the redefinition of 'magic realism' if the term is to retain generic relevance.


aesthetics Alejo Carpentier argue bibliography building culture English literature epic genre hybridization literature magic realism realism Research in English and American Literature utopia

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Université de BourgogneDijonFrance

About the authors

Jean-Pierre Durix is Professor of English at the University of Bourgegone at Dijon, France.

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