Murakami & Magical Realism

Explore the literary mode and theoretical implications of magical realism in light of three of Murakami's most bizarre novels.

“Narrow minds devoid of imagination. Intolerance, theories cut off from reality, empty terminology, usurped ideals, inflexible systems. Those are the things that really frighten me. What I absolutely fear and loathe.”

― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Together we will learn about the nuances of magical realism and see how Murakami's writing beautifully illustrates this genre. Magical Realism is a genre of literature in which fantastical, magical, and other-worldly occurrences are treated as not just possible, but realistic. In many of Murakami's novels, readers experience these magical elements as they are seamlessly integrated into the narrative. With one eye always on the story, this course explores the fantastic, the unbelievable, the beautiful, the uncanny, and the absurd to watch how meaning is made as all of these elements unite to create one compelling story after another. In addition to learning about the nuances in the genre of magical realism, this adult literature course also considers the various narrative devices and classic literary elements found in each novel.

Course Reading:

This Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive overview of magical realism
  • Recorded live discussions
  • Supplemental reading and resources
  • Engaging written discussions

If you love and celebrate the power of story in literature, but you want to do dig deeper into the theories and philosophies influencing each work, then this course is for you. Each lecture is designed to explain the nuances of magical realism and amplify your reading experience of the current novel.

The Uncanny

Here is a sample lesson on the Uncanny

Your Instructor

Jessica Schad Manuel
Jessica Schad Manuel

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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Who is this course for?
We have students enroll from all over the world. Some participants love Murakami while others just want to learn more about magical realism. Most course participants are working professionals with graduate degrees who love to read, are innately curious about the evolution of ideas, and have a deep appreciation of literature.

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