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‘Magical Realist Elements in José Eustasio Rivera’s The Vortex’, ed. by Wen-chin Ouyang and Stephen Hart (Tamesis Books, 2005).

Nunez-Faraco, HR; (2005) ‘Magical Realist Elements in José Eustasio Rivera’s The Vortex’, ed. by Wen-chin Ouyang and Stephen Hart (Tamesis Books, 2005). In: Ouyang, W and Hart, S, (eds.) A Companion To Magical Realism. (pp. 114-122). Tamesis: Woodbridge.

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Abstract

This study shows that Rivera’s novel of the jungle, La vorágine, contains a number of characteristics that locate it as a forerunner of magical realism in Latin America. These include (1) the use of myth and legend, (2) the reference to magic and the supernatural, (3) the inclusion of ethnic and cultural heterogeneity, (4) the overwhelming presence of the jungle and its fauna, both of which are frequently described in fantastic terms, and (5) the denunciation of social injustice and criminality, which are fostered by the lack of an effective civil law in the region and the arbitrariness of the political administration on both sides of the frontier.

Type: Book chapter
Title: ‘Magical Realist Elements in José Eustasio Rivera’s The Vortex’, ed. by Wen-chin Ouyang and Stephen Hart (Tamesis Books, 2005).
ISBN: 1 85566 120 9
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/51906
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