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This paper briefly discusses the concept of magical realism in Rulfo's novel. It defines this concept in the context of the story and then points out examples of how this style was used to its maximum by Rulfo. It concludes that the haunting effects of "Pedro Peramo" make it one of the most celebrated works of Latin American literature.
From the Paper:"When examining the Juan Rulfo's novel, Pedro Peramo, one must pose the question: what is meant by "magical realism?" Magical realism is a term of undetermined origin, but is accredited to Franz Roh, a German Post-Expressionist painter, who devised the term to describe a return to Realism following the abstract styles and fantastic, ethereal subjects of the Expressionists of the early twentieth century (Zamora 15). From a literary vantage point, it was first applied to Latin American literature by the Venezuelan critic, Uslar Pietri, and later adopted by Miguel Angel Asturias to describe his Nobel Prize-winning novels, and the name of the genre took off like wildfire to describe much of Latin American fiction of the mid-twentieth century (Leeper). Magical realist works are characterized by their strong narrative combined with the elements of fantasy, and contain references to the existence of the supernatural or anything that is considered contrary to our conventional view of reality (Chanady 17)."
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