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Bautista, Daniel: "Comic Book Realism. Form and Genre in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." In: Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 21 (2010), S. 41–53.
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Keywords: Comics in Literatur, Díaz. Junot, Literatur, Populärkultur, USA
Collection: Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
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While Junot Díaz’s most recent novel has ties with a larger tradition of magical realist writing in Latin America, his frequent allusions to a largely British and American tradition of fantasy, sf, and comic books make The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao an original and subversive revision of that genre that reflects the variety of cultural influences that define the lives of his Dominican-American characters both in the DR and the US in the second half of the twentieth century. Díaz’s approach creates what I am calling a “comic book realism,” a new kind of mixed genre that highlights the extent to which his young protagonists grasp their reality through popular cultural forms, like comic books, which influence them as much as if not more than older traditional Dominican beliefs in magic.
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