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Nasdijj's fake magical realist memoir: re-visioning magical realism's relationship with fakery

Takolander,MK and Miller,A 2014, Nasdijj's fake magical realist memoir: re-visioning magical realism's relationship with fakery, Postcolonial text, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 1-17.

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Title Nasdijj's fake magical realist memoir: re-visioning magical realism's relationship with fakery
Author(s) Takolander,MKORCID iD for Takolander,MK orcid.org/0000-0003-0698-1594
Miller,A
Journal name Postcolonial text
Volume number 9
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Publisher Postcolonial Text
Place of publication Surrey, Canada
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1705-9100
Summary Examining what might be described as Nasdijj’s "fake magical realist memoir" The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dreams, this paper is interested in how Nasdijj's text might be useful in contesting our understanding of the postcolonial literature of magical realism. Drawing attention to Nasdijj’s utilization of the “primitivist” conventions of magical realism, this paper will illustrate how fakery might be seen as essential not only to Nasdijj's text but also to magical realism. In fact, this paper argues that magical realist novels might be productively read as hoaxes, mobilizing what Graham Huggan describes as the "postcolonial exotic" in order to engage in a subversive act of “culture jamming”. The objective of the analysis is not to condemn magical realism along with Nasdijj’s opportunistic memoir, but rather to rescue magical realism from ideas about authenticity, celebrating its ironies and its challenges to colonial discourses of identity and history.
Language eng
Field of Research 200524 Comparative Literature Studies
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, Postcolonial Text
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30072449

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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