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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 Southeast Asian Australian Women’s Fiction and the Globalization of “Magic”
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'This article discusses the evolution of magical realism in relation to the postcolonial by looking at three contemporary Australian women authors originating from Southeast Asia. Besides extending magical realism to the Australian and Southeast Asian regions, these authors show the contours of the literary mode to be flexible, as magical realism has moved from being a localized Latin American trend to assuming a significant status on the international market. Concomitantly, their fiction develops various forms of a postcolonial aesthetics of “home” – forms that are neither pure nor authentic, but always-already partial and complicit with orientalist practices, in particular in light of new fault lines opened up in the wake of decolonization. This is one reason why their fiction embraces magical realist modes of representation: as an ambivalent literary mode, straddling the “actual” and the “imaginary”, and situated in-between resistance to, and collaboration with, Eurocentric modes of representation, magical realism retains a strong political relevance in a globalized, postcolonial era.' (Publication abstract)


  • Epigraph:

    “And then suddenly, out of the centre of my forehead, an eye opened, and I saw this light to be the brightest, most beautiful thing in the world.” (Okri 1991, 229)

    “When my grandmother’s extra eye first opened, the swirling dark and light bands of its opening, the icy clarity of its vision filled her with dread.” (Yahp 1992, 44)

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675-687 Southeast Asian Australian Women’s Fiction and the Globalization of “Magic”small AustLit logo Journal of Postcolonial Writing
  • Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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