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UCOR 102: Imaginative Literature & Critical Writing (Cipri - Paper 2): Welcome!


Cover image for the Tor Books edition of The Red Magician. Painting by Eric Fortune.


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Related Research Guide

The following research guide will connect you to a wide array of resources on Jewish life, thought, and culture.



This page had been created especially for your class, to guide you to the resources you need to do Paper 2 on some theme from Lisa Goldstein's novel, The Red Magician.

If at any time during your research you need help, give me, Ted Bergfelt, creator of this page, a call or send me an email. I check my email frequently throughout the day and will get back to you as soon as I can. We can set up an appointment for an individual consultation, if necessary. If I am not available, you can click on the Ask-a-Librarian links to see how to connect with a reference librarian. One of these links can be found on the blue menu bar at the very top of the page, and one is in the box on the lower left side of the screen.

Doing Research for Paper 2

Below is a list of words highlighting possible themes drawn directly from your assignment. These can be used individually or in combination to search various databases for magazine and scholarly journal articles. But be aware that you should also think of synonyms for any of the search terms that you use from this list because you will probably need to do a number of searches using your chosen words and synonyms.

                                    Guilt                                    Evil

                                    Pride                                   Identity

                                    Fear                                    Truth

                                    Loss                                    Community

                                    Survival                               Deception

                                    Survivor's guilt                     Family

                                    The Journey/Quest             Tradition

                                    Power                                   Hope


 On the syllabus there are also some fuller statements of possible themes:

  • A coming of age for the adolescent protagonist
  • The function of religion, possibly Jewish mysticism; Kabbalistic legend(s) (Kabbalah/Cabala)
  • The function of the fantasy genre to comment on the horrors of the Holocaust, from the onset, within the concentration camps, and after
  • The function of the Other/Outsider/traveler/seer
  • The function of other fairy tales, myths, legends
  • The function of imagination, the unconscious, and dream states (dreams)
  • The function of knowledge and personal responsibility (knowledge AND ethics; personal responsibility AND ethics)
  • Responses to trauma, to war; how children and/or adult characters have a variety of coping mechanisms; one tool is utilizing the imagination


Click the link below to see the entire Paper 2 assignment.

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