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

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posted on 2024-06-04, 03:44 authored by MK Takolander, Alyson MillerAlyson Miller
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.

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Journal

Postcolonial text

Volume

9

Pagination

1-17

Location

Surrey, Canada

ISSN

1705-9100

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal, C Journal article

Copyright notice

2014, Postcolonial Text

Issue

3

Publisher

Postcolonial Text

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