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Magical Realism: One Hundred Years of Solitude

What is "magical realism"? Is it a genre, a style, a label for elaborate fiction from the Third World? How does magical realism, a globalized phenomenon, reflect upon globalization itself? The course will address such questions by providing a deep, contextualized study of the masterpiece most commonly associated with magical realism: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. The two main goals will be (1) to train students in college-level literary and cultural criticism, and (2) to articulate well-informed positions on the scholarly debates that pertain both to this particular work and to magical realism as a whole.

Topics include: transactions between metropolitan centers and peripheral locations in the production and transformation of magical realism; postcolonial approaches from and against the literature on the topic; translatability; relations between story-telling and historical grand-narratives, and between fantasy and critique. Complementary excerpts may include selections by Rushdie, Morrison, Carpentier, Benigni, and Del Toro. 

Scheduled Class Time

This course meets each day (Monday–Friday) for live, virtual classroom discussion led by Stanford graduate student teaching assistants. A live class period will be held at the times below, and participants will attend just one (1) of the meeting times.

  • 8:00–9:30am PDT
  • 4:00–5:30pm PDT
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Portrait of Hector Hoyos
Session Two