Getting Started on 'Lost Horizon'
Lost Horizons is a work of fiction in the genre of 'magical realism'. Magical realism can be simply described as fiction generally located in real places featuring real people or events. But for the author to make their point through symbolic or other means, events and people that are highly improbable are included (e.g., the longevity of the residents of Shangi-La.) This text is actually an early example and the genre is popular with many Latin American authors today (Victor Villaseñor, Gabriel Garciá Márquez, and Isabel Allende, etc.)
The story is set in an exotic location with magic mixed in, but these themes can be found in any meeting of different cultures so do not get too caught up in the location.
What do you need? (Think this through in order to save time.)
- A minimum of FIVE scholarly sources.
For more information on what is scholarly, see the Scholarly tab on this page.
- A theme or idea to use as your focus for your paper.
- Search terms that will help you find the articles you need that are appropriate.
- A short list of reliable trustworthy resources (namely the databases available through the CSUSM Library.)
Possible topic areas:
- Colonialism (the superior attitudes of the Westerners towards the Eastern 'other')
- Utopias (peace, lack of conflict)
- Magical realism
- Love (the choices made by some of the characters)
- Co-existence (lack of conflict at all costs)
- Free will and the consequences
Using a topic area as a starting point, begin to strategize additional search terms, for existence "Utopia":
- Perfection (physical, mental...)
- Happiness (health, joy...)
- Peace (no fighting or disagreement)
- Lack of want (gold is everywhere, so who needs it?)
But, you can look at the opposite side of this as well:
- Lack of free will
The Books and Articles tabs provide helpful tips on finding what you need and recommended databases to examine.
Last Update: August 12, 2014 11:07