Magical realism is one of the most unique literary movements of the last century. While most commonly associated with Latin American authors, writers from all over the world have made big contributions to the genre.

Magical realism is a genre of literature that depicts the real world as having an undercurrent of magic or fantasy. Magical realism is a part of the realism genre of fiction.

Within a work of magical realism, the world is still grounded in the real world, but fantastical elements are considered normal in this world. Like fairy tales, magical realism novels and short stories blur the line between fantasy and reality.

Part One:

For this assignment, we are going to look at the genre and stories that illustrate some of the key components of Magical Realism.


For today’s class, please read and annotate the following stories:

Part Two:

You will create a mini-poster (by hand or computer) that serves as a graphic representation for what magical realism is. Because you have not been directly taught what magical realism is, I expect your posters to have some inaccuracies (so don’t worry).

At this point, I am looking to see how deeply you can try to connect these texts.

You can reference the presentation below to help.