magic realism

noun

Definition of magic realism

1 : painting in a meticulously realistic style of imaginary or fantastic scenes or images
2 : a literary genre or style associated especially with Latin America that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction

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magic realist noun

Examples of magic realism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s a modern-day psychosexual fable of co-dependency and abusive relationships between a young woman and a big bear, to be lensed as a chamber drama with touches of horror and magic realism. Annika Pham, Variety, 24 Jan. 2022 Not without its flaws, but interesting as an example of Latin American literature outside of the box of magic realism. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 This isn’t to say that there’s no way to imagine wedding American crisis and magic realism. New York Times, 20 May 2021 Boyle’s diverse body of work also explores multiculturalism and often combines sharp satire and magic realism in a unique way. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2020 In Schenkkan’s LBJ, as conjured by the bravura actor Brian Cox, the idea of a leader who puts his powers of persuasion to work on behalf of ingrained ideals and hopes for the nation comes across as magic realism. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2019 Top Indian leaders, though, are wallowing in their own world of magic realism. Shivam Vij, Quartz India, 14 Oct. 2019 There’s something about the angst of white-collar men that lends itself to magic realism. Judy Berman, Time, 15 Oct. 2019 The flashbacks play out in a mock-heroic style with tinges of magic realism — a leopard emerging from the forest at an opportune moment, a gang boss punishing his enemies in a particularly crushing manner. Mike Hale, New York Times, 6 July 2018 See More

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First Known Use of magic realism

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Magic realism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magic%20realism. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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