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Magical realism and irony's 'edge': rereading magical realism and Kim Scott's Benang

Takolander,MK 2014, Magical realism and irony's 'edge': rereading magical realism and Kim Scott's Benang, Journal of the association for the study of Australian literature, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 1-11.

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Title Magical realism and irony's 'edge': rereading magical realism and Kim Scott's Benang
Author(s) Takolander,MKORCID iD for Takolander,MK orcid.org/0000-0003-0698-1594
Journal name Journal of the association for the study of Australian literature
Volume number 14
Issue number 5
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Place of publication Burwood, Vic.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1833-6027
1447-8986
Summary Magical realism has been the subject of much earnest theorising, implicating the narrative mode in postcolonial projects of cultural regeneration not only in Latin America but around the world. The claim that its hybrid vision simultaneously transgresses and supplements Western ratiocinative epistemologies has seen the mode become over-determined and dismissed as a postcolonial cliche. Rarely noted, however, is the ironic nature of the literary mode. Yet the trademark representation of the magical in a realist narrative is marked by a conspicuous incongruity, which is not only necessary to magical realism's aesthetic effect but which also provides a strong incentive for ironic readings. This paper will reread magical realism through Kim Scott's Benang in order to recognise the ironic incongruity at play in magical realism and to revitalise the mode's 'edge'.
Language eng
Field of Research 200501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30072448

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