In: World Literature Studies, vol. 8, no. 2
Year, pages: 2016, 3 - 17
Magic realism. The reception of Latin American prose in Slovakia. Appropriation. Socialist realism.
Article type: štúdie / articles
Document type: pdf
The paper is a reconstruction of how the meaning of the concept “magic realism” transformed in Slovak literary practice and reflection from the end of World War II to the early 1990s. The meaning of magic realism as defined in contemporary literary theory (the literary theory concept as well as the movement term) is not quite identical to every use of the expression in domestic reflection on literature. It was flexibly used by Jozef Felix as early as 1946 when discussing contemporary prose as a counterpart of the lyric tendencies, which he criticized. Magic realism returned to Slovak literature as a denomination of one of the components of complex modern Latin American prose, i.e. the corpus of works of Latin American provenance which became popular in Europe during the 1960s. The comeback of the term was preceded by the reception of the most significant works by Latin American prose writers (Carpentier, Asturias, Cortázar, Fuentes, García Márquez…), which were becoming more accessible in Czech and Slovak translations at the turn of the 1960s. In the early 1980s the term was partly used by literary criticism in the context of Peter Jaroš’s novel Tisícročná včela (A Thousand-year-old Bee) and its relations to the work of Gabriel García Márquez. Until 1989 wider use of the term was limited by the ideology of the period, according to which magic realism could endanger the position of socialist realism as the official literary doctrine of the time.
How to cite:
Barborík, V. 2016. Magický realizmus v slovenskej literatúre: slovo, pojem, smer… Apropriácia termínu recepčnou praxou, reflexiou a tvorbou do začiatku 90. rokov 20. storočia. In World Literature Studies, vol. 8, no.2, pp. 3-17. 1337-9275.
Barborík, V. (2016). Magický realizmus v slovenskej literatúre: slovo, pojem, smer… Apropriácia termínu recepčnou praxou, reflexiou a tvorbou do začiatku 90. rokov 20. storočia. World Literature Studies, 8(2), 3-17. 1337-9275.
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