A study of the magic realism style as used in Salman Rushdie’s novels Midnight’s Children and The En

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Salman Rushdie’s novel 'The Enchantress of Florence' is a powerful and multi-dimensional expression of the incarnation of globalization in literature.

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Salman Rushdie's novel 'The Enchantress of Florence' is a powerful and multi-dimensional expression of the incarnation of globalization in literature. Important themes arise as relevant to globalization through the technical advantages of magic realism, which Rushdie employs as the key component for unveiling otherwise improbable dimensions of story telling in historical fiction. The most important thematic consistencies in light of it being a global novel arise primarily through fore-grounded variance in identity, time, place, and realism within and amongst the characters. These themes, as magnified by the effects of magic realism enhance their face value by enhancing the temporal and spatial scales in which they exist. Rushdie uses the familiar and established art of storytelling to connect meaning between the abstract natures of themes in the novel. This most fundamental theme does not enable seamless transition between in-sequential segments, but rather it further emphasizes the feeling of disjuncture that can be attributed to the intangible and conceptual magnitude of globalization. Arjun Appadurai defines magic realism in 'Modernity at Large' as it relates to the power of the imagination "as expressed in dreams, songs, fantasies, myths, and stories". He describes an important source of imagination as "contact with, news of, and rumors about others? who have become inhabitants of? faraway worlds" (Appadurai, 53). In this context, where Appadurai references more contemp

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