The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter: Perspectives on a Literary Phenomenon

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University of Missouri Press, 2004 - 418 pages

Now available in paper, The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter is the first book-length analysis of J. K. Rowling's work from a broad range of perspectives within literature, folklore, psychology, sociology, and popular culture. A significant portion of the book explores the Harry Potter series' literary ancestors, including magic and fantasy works by Ursula K. LeGuin, Monica Furlong, Jill Murphy, and others, as well as previous works about the British boarding school experience. Other chapters explore the moral and ethical dimensions of Harry's world, including objections to the series raised within some religious circles. In her new epilogue, Lana A. Whited brings this volume up to date by covering Rowling's latest book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

 

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Contents

Finding Our Way in the Magical Genre
15
Harry Potter and His Predecessors
27
Harrys Roots in Epic Myth and Folklore
51
Harry Potter as HeroinProgress
53
Reversals and Revulsions at Hogwarts
67
Fairy Tale Prince Real Boy and Archetypal Hero
89
Other Literary Relatives
123
Harry Potter and the Extraordinariness of the Ordinary
125
Locating Harry Potter in the Boys Book Market
243
Harrys Language Taking Issue with Words
259
Harry Potter and the Transfiguration of Language
261
Translating the Magic
285
Commodity and Culture in the World of Harry Potter
303
Contemporary British Culture in J K Rowlings Harry Potter Series
305
Harry Potter and the Technology of Magic
329
Fan Communities and the Culture of Harry Potter
343

Lost in Transit?
140
Greater than Gold in Gringotts Questions of Authority and Values
157
Harry Potter and the Construction of Authority
159
J K Rowling and Lawrence Kohlbergs Theories of Moral Development
182
Gender Issues and Harry Potter
209
Hermione Granger and the Heritage of Gender
211
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
365
About the Contributors
375
Bibliography
379
Index
401
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Lana A. Whited is Professor of English at Ferrum College in Virginia and a DuPont Instructional Technology Center Fellow.

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