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Uncovering the marvellous: surrealism and the writings of Wilson Harris

Burns, Lorna (2011) Uncovering the marvellous: surrealism and the writings of Wilson Harris. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 47 (1). pp. 52-64. ISSN 1744-9855

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449855.2011.533956

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Abstract

To date, critical analyses of the impact of surrealism on the development of Caribbean literature have tended to restrict their focus to the francophone Caribbean. This article outlines the wider dissemination of surrealism through a focus on the writings of Wilson Harris. Harris's appropriation of a number of surrealist tropes is revealed through a comparative reading of his novels Palace of the Peacock and The Ghost of Memory with Pierre Mabille's surrealist work Mirror of the Marvellous.

Additional Information:To date, critical analyses of the impact of surrealism on the development of Caribbean literature have tended to restrict their focus to the francophone Caribbean. This article outlines the wider dissemination of surrealism through a focus on the writings of Wilson Harris. Harris's appropriation of a number of surrealist tropes is revealed through a comparative reading of his novels Palace of the Peacock and The Ghost of Memory with Pierre Mabille's surrealist work Mirror of the Marvellous.
Keywords:Wilson Harris, surrealism, Pierre Mabille, marvellous, immanence
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:4997
Deposited On:04 Apr 2012 15:41

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