Monday, January 30, 2017

SP17 IMF53702 Magical Realism Literature & Workshop - Eve Jones

Online Class
IMF 53702 Sel Emph F: Magical Realism Literature & Workshop

Instructor: Eve Jones

Class Type: Literature + Workshop

Course Description:
Designed as "Version 2.0" of the Magical Realism literature course, this literature and workshop course will continue to explore the definition and boundless possibilities of magical realism, still focused intently on "the mystery that breathes behind things." Using the same main text, Magical Realist Fiction, this course will include new/different readings and in-depth discussion, as well as a crucial workshop component, allowing students the opportunity to write their own magical realist work and present it for feedback. It is open to new students as well as those students previously enrolled in Magical Realism.
Magical realism is, more than anything else, an attitude toward reality that can be expressed in popular or cultured forms, in elaborate or rustic styles in closed or open structures. In magical realism the writer confronts reality and tries to untangle it, to discover what is mysterious in things, in life, in human acts. The principle thing is not the creation of imaginary beings or worlds but the discovery of the mysterious relationship between man and his circumstances. In magical realism key events have no logical or psychological explanation. The magical realist does not try to copy the surrounding reality or to wound it but to seize the mystery that breathes behind things.
Luis Leal, Magical Realism in Spanish American Literature. Magical Realism. Ed. Zamora and Faris

First Assignment Info is available HERE.

Textbook info for SP QTR 17 is available HERE (textbook info is also available in the student portal registration function and LU's bookstore website)

Start DateMonday, April 10

Class Preview Date: March 27 (do not post in class until start date of 4/10; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 4/3)

Canvas Login & Navigation Instructions

NOTE: If you decide to drop the class, email Beth at and note whether or not you have posted on Canvas (which counts as attendance). Tuition refund/charges (based on attendance and the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.

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