“Stories don’t have to be true. By including elements of the fantastic or pure make believe, you can get at the truth in a different way.” – Salman Rushdie. Works by Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nikolai Gogol, Vladimir Nabokov, Milan Kundera, and many others have enchanted us by blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Their genre of writing has been variously defined as 'magic', 'magical' or 'marvelous' realism. Our study group will look at this genre from several directions: 1) our primary text will be Magical Realist Fiction: An Anthology, edited by David Young and Keith Hollaman (Oberlin, 1984); 2) stories from other sources such as The New Yorker; and 3) related materials from other artistic domains such as painting and film. Over the course of the term, we will develop a working definition of magical realism, exploring what the various works have in common and how they differ. Join us for an experience that will challenge and delight both your intellect and your imagination. No class on 11/22/18.