Emergence of Spiritual Consciousness through Magic Realism in Coelho’s Trilogy

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This paper looks at the redefinition of spirituality in the works of Coelho with a special focus on female characters whom undergo a shift in their spiritual realisation from initial ignorance of its existence. The Trilogy, An on the Seventh Day, which includes three novels, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (1994), Veronika Decides to Die (1998), and The Devil and Miss Prym (2000) each dissects the lives, events and most importantly, psychological states of the main characters that later attain a sense of realisation from within, placing 'love' as the centre of all spiritual realisation. For this purpose, the researcher had used magic realism as a platform to study the emergence of spiritual elements constantly highlighted by the author.

Keywords: Magic Realism, Hybridity, Carnivalesque
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Emergence of Spiritual Consciousness through Magic Realism in Coelho’s Trilogy

Kavitha Ganesan

Lecturer, Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning, Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Kavitha had completed her first degree in TESL and had pursued a Masters degree in English Literature, both of which were from Universiti Putra Malaysia in West Malaysia. Her interests include transcendentalism in contemporary writers' works as well as feminism and queer cultures in Malaysian writers' works. Since she has been teaching the international students, Kavitha's interest also deals within the realms of teaching English to non English speakers that includes the issue of motivating the reluctant learner.

Ref: H08P0735