Every reader of literature interprets the literary text on the basis of information they have acquired from previous reading, and according to norms they have established, either consciously or not, with regard to a work of literature. In this study, originally published in 1985, the author clarifies the concepts of magical realism and the fantastic, and establishes a series of guidelines that will allow us to distinguish between the two similar yet independent modes. The reader will thus be able to identify the implicit framework upon which the author of the fantastic and of magical realism bases their text.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part 1: The Problem of Definition 1. The Fantastic 2. Magical Realism Part 2: The Natural versus The Supernatural 1. The Role of the Implied Reader, Narrator, Focalizer and Implied Author 2. The Natural and Supernatural in Magical Realism 3. The Natural and Supernatural in Fantastic Part 3: Two Types of Antinomy 1. The Fantastic 2. Magical Realism Part 4: Authorial Reticence 1. The Fantastic 2. Magical Realism. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography. Index.