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Magical Realism and the Legacy of German Idealism
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 101, No. 2 (Apr., 2006), pp. 488-498
Published by: Modern Humanities Research Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20466796
Page Count: 11
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This article explores the relations between Novalis's idealism and modern literary magical realism. It demonstrates how the Latin American writers Miguel Ángel Asturias, Jorge Luis Borges, and Alejo Carpentier selectively adapted and transformed idealist modes of thought in the service of their literary and cultural projects. Borges, it is argued, uses idealist tenets for epistemological purposes, and remains faithful to an absolute idealism. Asturias and Carpentier are concerned with cultural ontology, and, like Novalis, they temper the subjectivist tendencies of idealism by finding a place within it for realist conceptions of the world.
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