An exploratory study into magical realist narrative techniques in contemporary young adult literary fiction

Rainer, R 2009, An exploratory study into magical realist narrative techniques in contemporary young adult literary fiction, Masters by Research, Creative Writing, RMIT University.


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Title An exploratory study into magical realist narrative techniques in contemporary young adult literary fiction
Author(s) Rainer, R
Year 2009
Abstract In her work, Ordinary Enchantment: Magical Realism and the Remystification of Narrative (2004) Wendy B. Faris examines the narrative techniques underlying magical realism. In this exegesis, I examine Faris’ theory of narrative techniques made up of five elements that Faris claims form the building blocks of magical realism.

Further, I explore Faris’ theory in a case study of a work of contemporary young adult literary fiction. Taking Northern Lights, by Philip Pullman for this case study, I examine how Faris’ model of narrative techniques informed the narrative of my creative project, the writing of a novel for young adults from twelve onwards, titled, The Shell-Keepers of King Island.

I undertake an historical review for the purpose of positioning Faris’ theoretical model of magical realist narrative within its historical perspective. This review aims to answer the question: What, according to historical review defines magical realism as a mode? I analyse and discuss Faris’ theoretical model of narrative techniques in magical realism as applied to contemporary adult fiction and explore her definitive five elements. This analysis aims to answer the question: How does Faris’ theoretical model of narrative techniques define magical realism? I then explore the following questions: How can Faris’ five elements of magical realist narrative be applied to the case study, Northern Lights? How may these five elements inform the narrative of my creative project, The Shell Keepers of King Island?

My ultimate aim in this exegesis is to add to our knowledge on magical realism narrative techniques. My further aim is to investigate whether Faris’ five elements may be successfully applied to contemporary young adult literary fiction. To this purpose, I review Northern Lights and my creative project, The Shell-Keepers of King Island, in light of Faris’ model of five primary elements.


From Faris’ formulation and the exploration of the five elements, I conclude, firstly, that Faris’ understanding of the historical context of magical realism informs the development of her theory of five elements. Faris also furthers our understanding of magical realism’s European and Latin American origins from the art theory of Franz Roh’s Magischer Realismus (1925), and surrealism to the renowned, post-colonial literature of the mid twentieth century and into contemporary literatures across the world.

Secondly, I conclude that Faris’ theory of five elements offers a useful framework by which to better understand magical realism narrative techniques. Thirdly, Faris’ formulation of the five elements also furthers our understanding of the unique technical characteristics of the mode and its cross-over position between realist narrative and fantasy.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Creative Writing
Keyword(s) Exploratory
Study
Magical
Realist
Narrative Techniques
Contemporary
Young
Adult
Literary
Fiction
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