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Shifting the "vantage point" to women: re-conceptualizing magical realism and trauma

Takolander, Maria and Langdon, Jo 2017, Shifting the "vantage point" to women: re-conceptualizing magical realism and trauma, Critique: studies in contemporary fiction, vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 41-52, doi: 10.1080/00111619.2016.1152227.

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Title Shifting the "vantage point" to women: re-conceptualizing magical realism and trauma
Author(s) Takolander, Maria
Langdon, Jo
Journal name Critique: studies in contemporary fiction
Volume number 58
Issue number 1
Start page 41
End page 52
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 0011-1619
1939-9138
Keyword(s) magical realism
trauma
feminism
Ali Smith
Merlinda Bobis
Summary Magical realist literature and trauma are often understood in terms of nationalist and historical paradigms in ways that expose a phallocentric bias. With the convergence of magical realist scholarship and trauma studies—in response to the centrality of trauma to magical realist fiction—this phallocentric bias has in many cases been consolidated. This article attends to magical realist trauma narratives by women, undertaking case studies of the UK writer Ali Smith’s Hotel World and the Filipino-Australian writer Merlinda Bobis’s Fish-Hair Woman. Following the groundbreaking work of the feminist historian Joan Kelly, who demonstrated that adopting a woman’s “vantage point” revolutionizes our understanding of history, this article argues that investigating magical realism and trauma from the “vantage point” of women writers leads to a reconceptualization of what constitutes trauma and a redefinition of magical realist fiction.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00111619.2016.1152227
Field of Research 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
200503 British and Irish Literature
2005 Literary Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
Copyright notice ©2016, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086520

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