hysterical realism
n. A literary genre characterized by exceptional length, frenetic action, offbeat characters, and long digressions on topics secondary to the story.
White Teeth had, in the end, no harsher critic than Zadie Smith herself.

Exasperated by the enormous reputation accorded her debut, she disparaged it as "the literary equivalent of a hyperactive, ginger-haired, tapdancing 10-year-old". Her second most severe critic, James Wood, suggested the novel was an example of "hysterical realism", characterised by "a pursuit of vitality at all costs".
—David Sexton, “The Autograph Man,” The Evening Standard (London), September 03, 2002
Recent novels—veritable relics of St. Vitus—by Rushdie, Pynchon, DeLillo, Foster Wallace, and others, have featured a great rock musician who, when born, began immediately to play air guitar in his crib (Rushdie); a talking dog, a mechanical duck, a giant octagonal cheese, and two clocks having a conversation (Pynchon); a nun called Sister Edgar who is obsessed with germs and who may be a reincarnation of J. Edgar Hoover, and a conceptual artist painting retired B-52 bombers in the New Mexico desert (DeLillo); a terrorist group devoted to the liberation of Quebec called the Wheelchair Assassins, and a film so compelling that anyone who sees it dies (Foster Wallace). …

This is not magical realism. It is hysterical realism. Storytelling has become a kind of grammar in these novels; it is how they structure and drive themselves on. The conventions of realism are not being abolished but, on the contrary, exhausted, and overworked.
—James Wood, “Human, All Too Inhuman,” The New Republic, July 24, 2000
1998 (earliest)
The theme of the conference is "Legacy of a Revolution - One Hundred Years of Filipinos in the United States" and will include topics such as "Stories of Descendants - Legacy of the Spanish-American War," "Filipinos in Entertainment," "Filipinos in Northwest and Hawaii," "Filipino Americans in the U.S. Military," "Filipinos in the Mainstream," "Hysterical Realism: A Century of Myths, Stereotypes and Misrepresentations."
—Ronnie Alejandro, “Fil-Am history group to meet in Oregon, Manila,” The Filipino Reporter, August 13, 1998
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