Lies that Tell the Truth: Magic Realism Seen Through Contemporary Fiction from Britain
Magic realism has long been treated as a phenomenon restricted to postcolonial literature. Drawing on works from Britain, Lies that Tell the Truth compellingly shows how magic realist fiction can be produced also at what is usually considered to be the cultural centre without forfeiting the mode's postcolonial attitude and aims. A close analysis of works by Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Jeanette Winterson, Robert Nye and others reveals how the techniques of magic realism generate a complex critique of the West's rational-empirical worldview from within a Western context itself. Understanding magic realism as a fictional analogue of anthropology and sociology, Lies that Tell the Truth reads the mode as a frequently humorous but at the same time critical investigation into people's attempts to make sense of their world. By laying bare the manifold strategies employed to make meaning, magic realist fiction indicates that knowledge and reality cannot be reduced to hard facts, but that people's dreams and fears, ideas, stories and beliefs must equally be taken into account.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
27th Kingdom Angela Carter argues becomes belief Bényei carnival Carpentier Carpentier’s Carter Chanady Chapter characters child Circus claim colonized concept construction contemporary critics cultural discourse Durix emphasize empirical ex-centric example fact fairy tale Falstaff fantastic elements Fastolf Fevvers focalizers genre ghosts human ibid Jack Hodgins knowledge language Late Mr Shakespeare Latin American literal literary fantastic literary realism literature London magic realist fiction magic realist texts magical thought marginalized Marina Warner marvellous matter-of-fact metaphor Midnight’s Children Moor’s Last Sigh Moraes myth narrative narrator narrator’s nature notion novel Nye’s O’Keefe one’s paradigm perspective Pickleherring postcolonial postcolonial literatures postmodern present rational rational-empirical rational-scientific reader hesitation reality rhetoric Rushdie’s Saleem Salman Rushdie Satanic Verses scepticism scientific sense social story strategies suggests supernatural Sycorax tall tale term theory thereby Tin Drum tradition truth Villanelle Walser Western Winterson’s Wise Children world-view writing Zamora and Faris Zogoiby