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Week 4: Garcia Marquez and Magical Realism

Novel: One Hundred Years of Solitude

 

General Reading on García Márquez:

Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza (ed.), The Fragrance of Guava: Conversations with Gabriel García Márquez (London and Boston, 1983), esp. pp. 46-79.

Michael Bell, Gabriel García Márquez: Solitude and Solidarity (Basingstoke, 1993).

Gerald Martin, Gabriel García Márquez: A Life (London, 2008).

George McMurray, Gabriel García Márquez (New York, 1977).

George McMurray, Gabriel García Márquez: Life, Work and Criticism (Pamphlet: Fredericton, 1987).

Stephen Minta, Gabriel García Márquez: Writer of Colombia (London 1987).

The Modern Word, ‘Gabriel García Márquez, Macondo’, The Modern Word, 2009. Accessible at http://www.themodernword.com/gabo/index.html [This is a very useful website with biography, interviews, critical essays, images etc]

Raymond Williams, Gabriel García Márquez (Boston, 1984).

 

Topics to be considered and further reading: magical realism, the marvellous real, myth, symbolism, imagery, allegory, metaphor

 

1. What is magical realism?

María-Elena Angulo, Magic Realism: Social Context and Discourse (New York and London, 1995).

Alejo Carpentier, ‘On the Marvellous Real in America’ (1949) and ‘The Baroque and the Marvelous Real’ (1975) in Lois Parkinson Zamora and Wendy B. Faris (eds), Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community (Durham and London, 1995). pp. 75-108.

Wendy B. Faris, ‘Scheherazade’s Children: Magical Realism and Postmodern Fiction’, in Lois Parkinson Zamora and Wendy B. Faris (eds), Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community (Durham and London, 1995), pp 163-90.

Kathleen McNerney, Understanding Gabriel García Márquez (Columbia, 1989).

Stephen Hart and Wen-chin Ouyang, ‘Introduction’ in Stephen Hart and Wen-chin Ouyang (eds), A Companion to Magical Realism (Woodbridge and Rochester, 2005), pp. 1-22.

Lois Parkinson Zamora and Wendy B. Faris, ‘Introduction: Daiquiri Birds and Flaubertian Parrot(ie)s’ in Lois Parkinson Zamora and Wendy B. Faris (eds), Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community (Durham and London, 1995). pp. 1-11.

Lois Parkinson Zamora, The Usable Past: The Imagination of History in Recent Fiction of the Americas (Cambridge, 1997). Chapter 3.

Scott Simpkins, ‘Sources of Magical Realism/Supplements to Realism in Contemporary Latin American Literature’ in Lois Parkinson Zamora and Wendy B. Faris (eds), Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community (Durham and London, 1995).

Scott Simpkins, ‘Magical Strategies: The Supplement of Realism’, Twentieth Century Literature, 34:2 (1988), pp. 140-54. Available online via JSTOR

Edwin Williamson, ‘Coming to Terms with Modernity: Magical Realism and the Historical Process in the Novels of Alejo Carpentier’ in John King (ed.), Modern Latin American Fiction: A Survey (London, 1987), pp. 78-100.

Jason Wilson, ‘Alejo Carpentier’s Re-invention of América Latina as Real and Marvellous’ in Stephen Hart and Wen-chin Ouyang (eds), A Companion to Magical Realism (Woodbridge and Rochester, 2005), pp. 67-78.

 

2. Imagery, symbolism, myth, reality in One Hundred Years of Solitude

 

Biruté Ciplijauskaité, ‘Foreshadowing as Technique and Theme in One Hundred Years of Solitude’ in George McMurray (ed.), Critical Essays on Gabriel García Márquez (Boston, 1987), pp. 140-6.

Brian Coniff, ‘The Dark Side of Magical Realism: Science, Oppression and Apocalypse in One Hundred Years of Solitude’, Modern Fiction Studies, 36:2 (1990), pp. 167-79. Available online via MUSE. Also available in Gene Bell-Villada (ed.), Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude: A Casebook (Oxford, 2002), pp. 139-52.

Tejwant Gill, ‘Márquez as Benjamin’s Story-teller’ in Alok Bhalla (ed.), García Márquez and Latin America (London, 1987), pp. 144-60.

Enrique Giordiano, ‘Play and Playfulness in García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude’, Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, 42:4 (1988), pp. 217-29. Available online via JSTOR

Aníbal González, ‘Translation and Genealogy: One Hundred Years of Solitude’ in Bernard McGuirk and Richard Cardwell (eds), Gabriel García Márquez: New Readings (Cambridge, 1987).

Ricardo Gullón, ‘Gabriel García Márquez and the Lost Art of Storytelling’ in George McMurray (ed.), Critical Essays on Gabriel García Márquez (Boston, 1987), pp. 129-39.

Regina Janes, One Hundred Years of Solitude: Modes of Reading (Boston, 1991). Esp. Chapter 10-11. See also chapters 4,5,6, 12, 13. 

Regina Janes, Gabriel García Márquez: Revolutions in Wonderland (Columbia, 1981).

Ian Johnston, ‘On Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude’, Johnstonia, 2009. Lecture accessible at http://records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/introser/marquez.HTM

James Jupp, ‘The Necessity of the Literary Tradition: Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude’, The English Journal, 89:3 (2000), pp. 113-15. Available online via JSTOR

Claudette Kemper Columbus, ‘The Heir Must Die: One Hundred Years of Solitude as a Gothic Novel’, Modern Fiction Studies, 32:3 (1986), pp. 397-416. Available online via MUSE.

Morton Levitt, ‘From Realism to Magic Realism: The Meticulous Modernist Fictions of García Márquez’ in Bradley Shaw and Nora Vera-Godwin (eds), Critical Perspectives on Gabriel García Márquez (Nebraska, 1986), pp. 73-90.

George McMurray, ‘Reality and Myth in García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad’, Bulletin of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, 23:4 (1969), pp. 175-81. Available online via JSTOR

Julio Ortega, ‘Exhange System in One Hundred Years of Solitude’ in Julio Ortega (ed.), Gabriel Garcí Márquez and the Powers of Fiction (Austin, 1988), pp. 1-16.

Michael Palencia-Roth, Myth and the Modern Novel: García Márquez, Mann and Joyce (New York and London, 1987). Chapter 1.

Lois Parkinson Zamora, ‘Swords and Silver Rings: Magical Objects in the Work of Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez’ in Stephen Hart and Wen-chin Ouyang (eds), A Companion to Magical Realism (Woodbridge and Rochester, 2005), pp. 28-47.

Lorna Robinson, ‘The Golden Age of Myth in Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude and Ovid’s Metamorphoses’ in Stephen Hart and Wen-chin Ouyang (eds), A Companion to Magical Realism (Woodbridge and Rochester, 2005), pp. 79-87.

Emir Rodríguez Monedal, ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude: The Last Three Pages’ in George McMurray (ed.), Critical Essays on Gabriel García Márquez (Boston, 1987), pp. 147-51.

William Rowe, ‘Gabriel García Márquez’ in John King (ed.), Modern Latin American Fiction: A Survey (London, 1987), pp. 191-204.

Lois Simpson, ‘Death in One Hundred Years of Solitude’, Gabriel García Márquez, Macondo, The Modern World, 2009. Accessible at http://www.themodernword.com/gabo/gabo_paper_simpson.html

Robert L. Sims, The Evolution of Myth in García Márquez from ‘La hojarasca’ to ‘cien años de soledad’ (Miami, 1981).

Mario Vargas Llosa, ‘Latin America: Fiction and Reality’ in John King (ed.), Modern Latin American Fiction: A Survey (London, 1987), pp. 1-17.

Edwin Williamson, ‘Magical realism and the Theme of Incest in One Hundred Years of Solitude’ in Bernard McGuirk and Richard Cardwell (eds), Gabriel García Márquez: New Readings (Cambridge, 1987).

Michael Wood, Gabriel García Márquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude (Cambridge, 1990).

Michael Wood, ‘Aureliano’s Smile’ in Gene Bell-Villada (ed.), Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude: A Casebook (Oxford, 2002), pp. 79-90

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Visit www.magical-realism.com for lots of helpful links about magical realism in literature and art from around the world

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