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Uncovering the marvellous: surrealism and the writings of Wilson Harris

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To date, critical analyses of the impact of surrealism on the development of Caribbean literature have tended to restrict their focus to the francophone Caribbean. This article outlines the wider dissemination of surrealism through a focus on the writings of Wilson Harris. Harris's appropriation of a number of surrealist tropes is revealed through a comparative reading of his novels Palace of the Peacock and The Ghost of Memory with Pierre Mabille's surrealist work Mirror of the Marvellous.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-64
JournalJournal of Postcolonial Writing
Volume47
Issue number1
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Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2011

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  • Wilson Harris , surrealism, Pierre Mabille, marvellous, immanence

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