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Magical Realism: The Making of a Global Literature and International Anthology

Wednesday 9 May 2018, 6.30PM

Speaker(s): Dr Christopher Warnes (University of Cambridge)

Magical realism is one of the most established and popular forms of international writing. From Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude to Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, which was adapted into a hit movie, magical realism continues to entrance and entertain. But what exactly makes a work of fiction magical realist? What does the term mean? And why do writers of magical realism frequently have a political message for authoritarian or repressive regimes? Cambridge’s Dr Christopher Warnes answers these questions and more, and talks about his upcoming landmark anthology on magical realism as a global literary phenomenon.


The lecture is generously supported by the Distinguished Visitors Fund.


Drinks reception open to the public, staff and students immediately after the lecture, from approximately 7.30pm to 8.00pm, in the foyer of the Berrick Saul Building.



Location: Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York Heslington West Campus