'It's Some Kind Of Magic': Exploring the usefulness of the term 'Magical Realism' for contemporary arabic literature

01 October 2011 → 01 June 2012
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Language studies
    • Literary studies
    • Theory and methodology of language studies
    • Theory and methodology of linguistics
    • Theory and methodology of literary studies
    • Other languages and literary studies
interculturality post-nationalism magical realism anti-authoritarianism modern Arabic literature post-colonialism post-modernism
Project description

By a close reading of six Arabophone novels that originate from diverse geographical, cultural and religious settings, this project investigates to what extent magical realism's genre theory, mainly based on Latin-American examples, offers a fruitful framework for analyzing Arabic novels that are considered magical realist, and whether this framework needs to be adapted to the specific local context.