Entry from US English dictionary
Realistic fiction that is characterized by overblown prose and intellectual digressions.
- 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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