Oct 05, 2022  
University Catalog 2022-2023 
University Catalog 2022-2023
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ENG-3710: Writing Magical Realism Making the Familiar Strange

This creative writing course draws upon the considerable resources of international magical realist writing in order to support students in developing new approaches to their own creative work. Magical Realism, particularly in its more classic examples, employs imaginative leaps in the context of the ordinary to problematize and playfully resist the limitations of “things as they are.” At the heart of the course is the question: What is the psychological, political, and aesthetic value of imagining that which is said to be impossible? In exploring this question, we will aim to understand how the playful techniques employed by magical realist writers can address many interests and issues, including issues of social justice and forms of colonization. Furthermore, because the worlds of Magical Realism frequently explore the tension between the plausible and the impossible, the matter-of-fact and the extraordinary, creative writers studying this genre are in position to learn how to effectively write both realism and fantasy, as well as how to create a potent balance between (and/or disturbance of) the two.
Min. Credits: 3.0 Max Credits: 4.0
Credit Basis: Quarter credit
Location(s): Antioch Univ Los Angeles
Method(s): Classroom
Faculty Consent Required: N
Program Approval Required: N
Course Type Liberal Arts, Science & Social Science

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