The Power of Impossibility: Magical Realism as a Reflection of Latin American Sociopolitical Identity




Haydon, Taylor

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This thesis examines One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (1967), The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (1982), and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (1989). Each story offers commentary regarding the value in deliberately creating confusion through magical realism, as readers must actively work to question the validity of various occurrences and perspectives. As the“father" of the Boom, García Márquez represents an accepted magical realist template, while as Post-Boom authors, Allende and Esquivel deviate from this model on the dimensions of politics, gender, and history. The project offers a framework for understanding how Allende and Esquivel use magical realism to explore Latin American sociopolitical identity in comparison to García Márquez.


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