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The Resource The spirit of carnival : magical realism and the grotesque, David K. Danow

The spirit of carnival : magical realism and the grotesque, David K. Danow

Label
The spirit of carnival : magical realism and the grotesque
Title
The spirit of carnival
Title remainder
magical realism and the grotesque
Statement of responsibility
David K. Danow
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The world of literature responds to the "spirit of carnival" in ways that are both social and cultural, mythological and archetypal. Literature provides a mirror in which carnival is reflected and refracted through the multifarious perspectives of verbal art. In his original, wide-ranging book, David K. Danow catches the various reflections in that mirror, from the bright, life-affirming magical side of carnival, as revealed in the literature of Latin American writers, to its dark, grotesque, death-embracing aspect as illustrated in numerous novels depicting the dire experience of the Second World War. The remarkable meshing of these two diametrically opposed yet inextricably intertwined facets of literature (and of life) makes for an intriguing sphere of investigation, for the carnival spirit is animated by a human need to dissolve borders and eliminate boundaries - including, symbolically, those between life and death - in an ongoing effort to merge opposing forces into new configurations of truth and meaning. Expanding upon the seminal ideas of Mikhail Bakhtin, carnival, argues Danow, is designed to allow one extreme to flow into another, to provide for one polarity (official culture) to confront its opposite (unofficial culture), much as individuals engage in dialogue. In this case the result is "dialogized carnival" or "carnivalized dialogue." In their artmaking, Danow claims, human beings are animated by a periodic predisposition toward the bright side of carnival, matched by an equally strong, far darker predilection. Carnival forms of thinking are firmly embedded within the human psyche as archetypal patterns. In this engaging exploratory book, we are shown the distinctive imprint of these primordial structures within a multitude of seemingly disparate literary works
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Danow, David K.
Dewey number
809/.93353
Index
index present
LC call number
PN3352.C37
LC item number
D36 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Carnival in literature
  • Magic in literature
  • Grotesque in literature
  • Fiction
  • Carnaval
  • Het Groteske
  • Magisch realisme
  • Romans
  • Roman
  • Magie <Motiv>
  • Karneval <Motiv>
Label
The spirit of carnival : magical realism and the grotesque, David K. Danow
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [175]-180) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Literary Manifestations -- 2. The Carnivalesque-Grotesque -- 3. Magical Realism -- 4. Grotesque Realism -- 5. Archetypal Aspects
Control code
31607533
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
183 pages
Isbn
9780813119052
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94042828
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1643434
Label
The spirit of carnival : magical realism and the grotesque, David K. Danow
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [175]-180) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Literary Manifestations -- 2. The Carnivalesque-Grotesque -- 3. Magical Realism -- 4. Grotesque Realism -- 5. Archetypal Aspects
Control code
31607533
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
183 pages
Isbn
9780813119052
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94042828
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1643434

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