Death in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series

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Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully-selected content representing a variety of perspectives. All volumes...
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Overview

Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully-selected content representing a variety of perspectives. All volumes in the series contain biographical and critical information about the author; secondary excerpts offering both historical and contemporary views of the highlighted social issue; a timeline of the author's life; a "For Further Reading" section of other works on the issue; and a detailed subject index.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up

An enlightening entry for Harry Potter devotees, particularly those wanting to write term papers on the series. Following a discussion of Rowling and the events that shaped her life, 11 articles present arguments that her work carries personal political perspectives, criticizes the British government's handling of the War on Terror, and takes a "complex view of race." The last chapter, "Contemporary Perspectives on Political Issues," contains entries on terrorism, civil liberties, and ethnic cleansing that are not directly related to Harry Potter. The essays, written in clear, accessible language by professors, journalists, or directors of prominent social agencies, range in length from a few to 15 pages. The associations made between the plots, characters, settings, and events of the series and real life are quite interesting and provocative. Obviously the essays make little sense without knowledge of the books. Discussion questions are appended. While not an essential purchase, these far-reaching perspectives are individual interpretations of Rowling's works beyond the magic and wizards.-Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737740233
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 9/12/2008
  • Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
  • Pages: 196
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Chronology 15

Chapter 1 The Background of J.K. Rowling

1 The Life of J.K. Rowling Young Adults Major Authors and Illustrators for Children 20

2 Events in J.K. Rowling's Life Shaped the Harry Potter Books Sean Smith 30

Chapter 2 Harry Potter and Political Issues

1 The Harry Potter Books Critique Bureaucracy Benjamin H. Barton 46

2 The Harry Potter Books Exemplify Tony Blair's New Labour Politics Jeremy Gilbert 59

3 The World of Harry Potter Mirrors Traditional British Liberalism Barry Rubin 64

4 The Politics of Harry Potter Are Not Progressive Dana Goldstein 73

5 The Harry Potter Books Take a Complex View of Race Andrew Blake 78

6 The Postcolonial World of Harry Potter Giselle Liza Anatol 85

7 Reactions to Harry Potter Reflect Global Differences and Similarities Daniel Nexon 97

8 The Harry Potter Books Reflect an Increasingly Dangerous World Nathaniel Rivers 104

9 Rowling Uses Terrorism to Create Fear in the Harry Potter Books Julia Turner 108

10 Rowling Critiques Britian's Handling of the War on Terror Judith Rauhofer 111

11 Human Rights Are at the Core of Harry Potter Rachel Dempsey 124

Chapter 3 Contemporary Perspectives on Political Issues

1 Children's Fears of Terrorism Increased After 9/11 Joy J. Burnham 128

2 Suspending Civil Liberties Does Not Stop Terrorism Leonard Pitts Jr. 134

3 Terrorism Needs to Be Fought with Military Goals and Advancement of Human Rights Paul Starr Michael Tomasky Robert Kuttner 138

4 Ethnic Separation Is a Nonviolent Form of Ethnic Cleansing Ralph Peters 148

5 Redefining Ethnic Conflict Charles King 157

6 Culture, Not Race, Will Determine If Democracy Will Succeed Lawrence E. Harrison 168

ForFurther Discussion 180

For Further Reading 182

Bibliography 183

Index 187

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