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Magical Realism

Magical realism (sometimes referred to as magic realism) is a term first used in the art world by German critic Franz Roh (1925) and later in literature by Cuban author Alejo Carpentier (1949). Characteristics of the genre typically include the coexistence of the real and the fantastical, the natural and the supernatural, the normal and magical worlds. In magical realism, elements of fantasy are accepted. Increasingly, playwrights are developing new works in this form, such as Tony Kushner’s critically acclaimed play Angels in America (1991). – Justin Cash

Enyclopedia.com Comprehensive study guide to understanding all aspects of magical realism.

shake& stir theatre co Excellent guide for drama/theatre students and teachers with explanations of the the magical realism genre, conventions for the theatre, improvisation exercises and brief play scripts in the genre. Ready made for the drama classroom!

The Art Story Useful article on magical realism.

The Drama Teacher Article defining magical realism and explaining the main conventions of this genre in the theatre.

Wikipedia Entry on magical realism.

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