Angela Carter’s Magic Realism

  • David Punter


In this chapter I would like to approach — or perhaps one should say ‘re-approach’ — the set of questions surrounding the ‘magic realism’ of Angela Carter’s texts. Perhaps it would be useful to begin with a standard definition, or one might better say description, of magic realism, to be found in Marion Wynne-Davies’ Bloomsbury Guide to English Literature. It is:

a term applied in literature primarily to Latin American novelists such as Jorge Luis Borges … Gabriel Garcia Marquez … and Ale jo Carpentier … whose work combines a realistic manner with strong elements of the bizarre, supernatural and fantastic. This technique has influenced novelists such as John Fowles, Angela Carter and Salman Rushdie.1


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For Further Reading

  1. For a complete list of Angela Carter’s fiction, see: <>.
  2. Ellis, Bret Easton, Glamorama (New York: Alfred Knopf, 1998).Google Scholar
  3. Hoban, Russell, The Moment under the Moment (London: Cape, 1992).Google Scholar
  4. Rhys, Jean, Wide Sargasso Sea (London: André Deutsch, 1966).Google Scholar
  5. Royle, Nicholas, Telepathy and Literature: Essays on the Reading Mind (Oxford: Blackwell, 1991).Google Scholar

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