Read Japanese Literature

Japanese Magical Realism

January 06, 2023 Season 2 Episode 5
Read Japanese Literature
Japanese Magical Realism
Show Notes

Magical realism is a literary genre famous for unexplained fantastical encounters that pop-up in the otherwise everyday world.

Today, we’re going to take a look at magical realism in Japanese fiction.

We’ll start with defining magical realism, including a look at why that term is difficult and why some people think of it as controversial.

Then we’ll turn to the history of magical realism in Japan and take a closer look at the work of Tomihiko Morimi, especially The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl.

(CW: brief mention of fictional suicide attempt)

Notes and sources at the podcast episode website.

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A Reading List of Japanese Magical Realism