Maria Takolander’s ambitious project, Catching Butterflies: Bringing Magical Realism to Ground, seeks to clear up the confusion surrounding the literary term ‘magical realism’, an oxymoron which Takolander says has become ‘a dumping ground for the convenient disposal of any iction that deviates from or experiments with the rules of realism’ (15). The dificulty in deining and the confusion surrounding the term are, as Takolander argues, not alleviated by critical discussions which amount at times to what she considers ‘popular misconceptions’ (15), misreadings, and vague deinitions of the label.
Review of Catching Butterflies: Bringing Magical Realism to Ground, by Maria Takolander.
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