WtF a Broadcast Episode #5: Magic Realism

On this cast it’s all about magic realism; a type of fiction where magical elements exist in an otherwise realistic world. In magic realism, it is 99% realistic, even hyper-realistic. The 1% that is magical is also rarely ever explained; it is simply a part of the world, and characters take no notice of it. Often, it feels like something that should be in our world, or something we feel like we should be able to remember.

We go over a lot of great examples of magic realism from books, short stories, film, and tv. For more information, check out our notes and recommended reading list below.

Panelists:

June Faramore
Lisa Richardson
CJ Casey

Webcast Notes:

  • 0:00:01 – Intro
  • 0:02:50 – Definitions of magic realism
  • 0:05:35 – Jorge Luis Borges, selected works
  • 0:10:50 – T.V. and films – Eerie, Indiana, Twin Peaks, Lars and the Real Girl
  • 0:12:50 – Welcome to Night Vale
  • 0:17:50 – Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, selected works
  • 0:19:05 – Movies – Big Fish, Life of Pi
  • 0:24:10 – Terry GilliamThe Fisher King, Tideland
  • 0:27:45 – Quentin Tarantino – Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
  • 0:33:35 – Philip K Dick, selected works
  • 0:42:00 – 30 Rock
  • 0:45:00 – Tom Robbins, selected works
  • 0:47:20 – Orlando (film) but also talk of author Virginia Woolf
  • 0:51:25 – Harry Potter — is it magic realism?
  • 0:54:35 – Summing up magic realism
  • 0:59:07 – Upcoming site stuff and preview for next week’s webcast on fairytale fantasy

Recommended Reading:

See Also:

Metafiction: Books such as House of Leaves play with the normal interactions between reader and writer. Additionally, Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy accidentally pioneered many conventions of this type of fiction.

Surrealism: Speculative surrealist fiction, such as The Master and Margarita, Robert Aickmann’s various short stories, and the works of Italo Calvino, such as If on a winter’s night a traveler, The Castle of Crossed Destinies, and Invisible Cities.

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