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Reading Harry Potter : critical essays

Author: Giselle Liza Anatol
Publisher: Westport, Connecticut : Praeger, 2003.
Series: Contributions to the study of popular culture, no. 78.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
J.K. Rowling achieved astounding commercial success with her series of novels about Harry Potter, the boy-wizard who finds out about his magical powers on the morning of his eleventh birthday. The books' incredible popularity, and the subsequent likelihood that they are among this generation's most formative narratives, call for critical exploration and study to interpret the works' inherent tropes and themes. The  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Reading Harry Potter.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2003
(DLC) 2002032973
Named Person: J K Rowling; J K Rowling; Harry Potter, (Fictitious character); J K Rowling; J K Rowling; J K Rowling; Harry Potter, (Fictitious character); Joanne K Rowling
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Giselle Liza Anatol
ISBN: 9780313058011 0313058016
OCLC Number: 650307506
Description: 1 online resource (xxv, 217 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction / by Giselle Liza Anatol --
[pt.] 1. Reading Harry Potter through theories of child development --
1. Archetypes and the unconscious in Harry Potter and Diana Wynne Jones's Fire and Hemlock and Dogsbody / Alice Mills --
2. Harry Potter and the magical looking glass : reading the secret life of the preadolescent / Lisa Damour --
3. Harry Potter and the acquisition of knowledge / Lisa Hopkins --
4. Safe as houses : sorting and school houses at Hogwarts / Chantel Lavoie --
5. Harry and hierarchy : book banning as a reaction to the subversion of authority / Rebecca Stephens. [pt.] 2. Literary influences and historical contexts --
6. Harry Potter's schooldays : J.K. Rowling and the British boarding school novel / Karen Manners Smith --
7. Accepting mudbloods : the ambivalent social vision of J.K. Rowling's fairy tales / Elaine Ostry --
8. Hermione and the house-elves : the literary and historical contexts of J.K. Rowling's antislavery campaign / Brycchan Carey --
9. Flying cars, floo powder, and flaming torches : the hi-tech, low-tech world of wizardry / Margaret J. Oakes --
[pt.] 3. Morality and social values : issues of power --
10. Cruel heroes and treacherous texts : educating the reader in moral complexity and critical reading in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books / Veronica L. Schanoes --
11. Harry Potter and the rule of law : the central weakness of legal concepts in the wizard world / Susan Hall --
12. The fallen empire : exploring ethnic otherness in the world of Harry Potter / Giselle Liza Anatol --
13. Class and socioeconomic identity in Harry Potter's England / Julia Park --
14. Cinderfella : J.K. Rowling's wily web of gender / Ximena Gallardo-C. and C. Jason Smith --
Selected bibliography --
Index --
About the contributors.
Series Title: Contributions to the study of popular culture, no. 78.
Responsibility: edited by Giselle Liza Anatol.


Following an introductory discussion of the Harry Potter phenomenon are essays considering the psychological and social-developmental experiences of children as mirrored in Rowling's novels.  Read more...


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