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).

Concise summary of the history of magical realism outlining key characteristics of the genre from The Drama Teacher.

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. From Shake & Stir Theatre, this is ready made for the drama classroom!

Excellent article on the emergence of magical realism in art, literature and film discussing concepts, styles and trends from The Art Story website.

Comprehensive article on magic realism including characteristics, origins, major authors, artists, films, television, video games and new media.

Comprehensive article on the historical origins of the magical realism movement, representative authors, artists, works, themes and style.

Useful article from Broadway World exploring magical realism on the Broadway stage and the growing number of American playwrights experimenting with the form.