Have you ever wondered how realism can be magical? Did you enjoy One Hundred Years of Solitude, Midnight’s Children or Nights at the Circus and want find to out more about what on earth was going on? Or have you always wanted to try reading one of the most prize-winning genres in contemporary literature, but find it confusing? This class is for you!
We will start by considering the origins and history of the magical realist genre, and how it came to be a publishing phenomenon. We will also consider some simple guidelines for how to read literature in an informed way. We will learn about some of the claims made about magical realism, why it is important and how it changed literature. Then we will approach extracts from three famous magical realist novels to test to what extent these claims are true. Through practical reading analysis we will navigate the texts together, and discuss our different reactions to them. Expect to either gain a new insight into your reading or come away inspired to delve further into these masterpieces of contemporary fiction. Reading the novels prior to class is optional. Recommended reading:
We’re pleased to be able to offer attendees a special discount from our friends at Books Actually. Simply show them your registration confirmation email to receive a 20% discount on the titles recommended for class.
Dr Eva Aldea is a former Lecturer in English Literature at Goldsmiths College, London, specializing in teaching critical theory. She has written a book on magical realism and philosophy. Currently she teaches literature on the University of London Online Programme and is an Associate Tutor at UniSIM, Singapore. She is also a fiction writer and a dog lover.
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