Magic in Literary Fiction

By Ashley Bach 

 Lucy Corin’s “Magic and the Intellect,” Lucy Corin states that works borrowing “genre cues” or genre elements from fantasy and its subgenres are “more or less welcome in the literary mainstream. Corin calls it “magic plunked into otherwise generic realism to ‘spice things up.'” Such big names associated with this genre-bending are big names like Karen Russell and Kelly Link, cross-genre veterans like Ursula K. LeGuin, and established but unknown writers like Rikki Ducornet. Rather than address the article as a whole, in this article I aim to create a concrete hypothesis as to why this trend has emerged.

rikki Rikki Ducornet

To put it simply, we are surrounded by the unreal. Our culture, as reflected in our media, as much as it relegates genre writing when it comes to literary scholarship, exalts it commercially. Refer to Harry Potter as the best example, then consider all of the works that…

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