Violence and Whimsy

Panel

Violence and Whimsy: On Australian Magic Realism

Fri 01 Oct , 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Magic realism is a powerful, lyrical tool for storytelling, and often imbues people and the land on which they live with symbolic power and mythological significance. However, when settler/coloniser writers have relied on the spectacular landscapes of Australia as a focus of magic realist fiction, they have superimposed story on stolen land already rich with the spirituality of First Peoples. How can one engage with magic realism sensitively in Australia? Is there room for landscape based magic realism at all?


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