Pseudo-realism, that is something that is not real but
appears to be real is not new to literature. In fact one of the most
popular styles of post-colonial literature of the 20th
century is called
Magic realism, whose features are very akin to what is
described as pseudo-realistic. The term, originally applied to describe
the prose fiction of Jorge Luis Borges in Argentina, as well as the work
of writers such as Gabriel García Márquez in Colombia, Gunter Grass in
Germany, and John Fowles in England wove fantasy into real social set
Pseudo-realism is also traced in the works of absurd
fictions of Edgar Allen Poe, metafiction of Robert Scholes and many of
the science fiction novels. Yet pseudo-realism is mainly understood as a
style of fine arts.
Pseudo-realism can also be traced in almost all the
thrillers that are capable of transporting the readers to a world of
fantasy. Recent studies have indicated in an increasingly urbanised
world, the impact of such literature as well as the impact of the
cyberworld of animated games, is immense to the human mind.
Pseudo-realism is thus more effective way of influencing the human mind
than even realism.
Arundhati Roy’s God of Small Things portrays a Kerala of the
sixties which had irked the communist parties in India. Reality
perceived by the writer is thus contested by others, even though a
layman may not be able to identify the pseudo-real elements.
The word 'pseudo-realism' or 'pseudorealism'
is of recent coinage and it was first used to describe the modern day
films which are heavily dependant on
special effects and computer generated graphics. In fact the use
of these modern techniques have now entered into almost all forms of
imagery and it is often difficult to
distinguish between the real and pseudo-real among all that we see in
the media, in films and read in print. Pseudo-realism is all pervasive
and is a general feature of global
political propaganda. When the same is
reflected in the literature of the time, we call it pseudo-realist
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Magic Real Art
Films of Aparna Sen
Films of Mrinal
Films of G
Films of Guru Dutt
Films of Raj
Pseudorealism and Indian Literature
films & theatre visual art