Definition of hysterical realism in English:

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hysterical realism


Realistic fiction that is characterized by overblown prose and intellectual digressions.
Example sentences
  • The hysterical realism of this passage, its mix of panic and exaggerated irony, is not unselfconscious.
  • The sources of hysterical realism seem to be a mixture of literary doubt to a broader paranoia that orders the worldview of some writers.
  • I wish a speedy death to hysterical realism: It is but a mark of this chaotic age of ours where everyone has become a social critic.

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Syllabification: hys·ter·i·cal re·al·ism

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