Researching "Bless Me Ultima"
Bless Me Ultima 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 the author makes their point through incorporating symbolic or fantastic events and people that are highly improbable (e.g., La Llorona.) This text is actually an early example and the genre is popular with many Latin American authors today (Victor Villaseñor, Gabriel Garciá Márquez, Isabel Allende, etc.)
The story is set in an distant location with magic mixed in, but the themes in this work 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 in 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:
- Folkways and healing
- Role of women
- Spiritual transformation/growing up
- Cultural conflict and adaptation
- Free will and the consequences
- Magical characters and symbolism
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