I am so excited about the summer. With all my academic work done until August, I have some time to work on some projects I’ve been neglecting for awhile.
Of course that means my writing projects. Oh, my writing projects. How I have missed them!
So, here’s my latest project that I hope that you’ll participate in.
I am hosting a free, online generative workshop called (Re)Discovering the Magic in the Realism. The theme, in case you couldn’t guess, is magical realism.
I LOVE MAGICAL REALISM!
I didn’t know that how my father told me stories and talked about Cuba was magical realism. Also, I didn’t know until I had to teach magical realism to my students that the phrase was coined by Cuban novelist Alejo Carpentier in 1949.
That piece of information made me feel like a million bucks! (In case you didn’t know, I’m half Cuban from my dad)..
Magical realism is:
- enriches the idea of the “real” by incorporating all dimensions of the imagination, including magic, myth, and religion.
- magic realism features ordinary characters who undergo supernatural experiences. This is an unconventional way of telling stories.
And, you’ve already experienced magical realism in movies. Yes, remember this scene from American Beauty?
Or… remember this?
Magical realism is exactly that, a magic that is embedded into the reality of the world. It’s a different way of looking at things and, I find, that it’s ingrained in hope.
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