By S. Mohanty
The fabricated from years of cross-border and cross-disciplinary collaboration, this is often an leading edge quantity of essays positioned on the intersection of multi-disciplinary fields: postcolonial/subaltern concept; comparative literary research, specifically with a South Asian and transnational concentration; the research of 'alternative' and 'indigenous' modernities
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16. The idea of alternative modernities has been articulated by a number of scholars in different disciplines using a variety of terms. ” 17. Importantly, the narrator also relies on a nonconventionally realist form of storytelling. The narrator claims to abide by a Franklinian philosophy of “thrift” in recounting the story, implying that the 45 46 Jennifer Harford Vargas economics of the plot will be scant, linear, and directly to the point so as to not waste paper, breath, or time (Senapati, Six Acres and a Third: The Classic Nineteenth-Century Novel about Colonial India, 40).
Sawyer, 4787. 9. See Carpentier’s “On the Marvelous Real in America” and “The Baroque and the Marvelous Real,” both translated in Zamora and Faris. Carpentier posits that the marvelous real in Latin America is a magnification of the reality inherent to Latin American culture, nature, history, and cosmogony. Like García Márquez, Carpentier believes it is imperative for Latin American writers to interpret this reality themselves using their own forms. 10. Synthesizing the modifications magical realism makes to realism, Zamora and Faris argue, “An essential difference, then, between realism and magical realism involves the intentionality implicit in the conventions of the two modes .
For instance, one of the most poignant and humorous episodes in the book occurs when western technology is introduced to Macondo. In recounting the events García Márquez stages a “contact” encounter from the Macondoians’ vantage point. The narrator describes the scene: Dazzled by so many and such marvelous inventions, the people of Macondo did not know where their amazement began. . They became indignant over the living images that the prosperous merchant Bruno Crespi projected in the theater .