J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide (Continuum Contemporaries Series)

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide (Continuum Contemporaries Series)

by Philip Nel, Philip Net
     
 

Continuum Contemporaries will be a wonderful source of ideas and inspiration for members of book clubs and readings groups, as well as for literature students.The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to 30 of the most popular, most acclaimed, and most influential novels of recent years. A team of contemporary fiction

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Continuum Contemporaries will be a wonderful source of ideas and inspiration for members of book clubs and readings groups, as well as for literature students.The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to 30 of the most popular, most acclaimed, and most influential novels of recent years. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question. The books in the series will all follow the same structure:a biography of the novelist, including other works, influences, and, in some cases, an interview; a full-length study of the novel, drawing out the most important themes and ideas; a summary of how the novel was received upon publication; a summary of how the novel has performed since publication, including film or TV adaptations, literary prizes, etc.; a wide range of suggestions for further reading, including websites and discussion forums; and a list of questions for reading groups to discuss.

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VOYA
Nel's unauthorized guide to the Harry Potter novels includes a concise study of the novels, a biography of J. K. Rowling, and an account of the "Pottermania" phenomena. Nel writes a literary biography of Rowling by detailing the titles and authors of books she read in her youth and showing their influence on her work. Simultaneously, he describes Rowling's school days and young adult life leading to the birth of Harry Potter. Listing the predominate themes in the novels, he discusses in detail their impact upon the characters' identities and choices. He explores Rowling's mixture of fantasy, realism, and mystery, including a section devoted to the novels' young adult characteristics. A succinct review of published commentary about the books, information about publishing and best-seller list controversies, questions for discussion, suggestions for further reading about Rowling, her novels, novels like Harry Potter, and a lengthy reference list complete the study. Focusing more on the literary merits of the novels and their relationship to classical children's literature, Nel gives the Harry Potter novels credibility as more than just a current fad. This study will be a useful defense to challenges of the novels because it explores the darker themes that are so often objects of complaint. It is not bogged down by literary jargon or contexts, making it an accessible introduction to literary criticism and to the novels for students, parents, educators, and opponents of the novels. Timely and relevant, this guide is a helpful addition to any YA nonfiction collection. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. 2001, Continuum, 96p, $9.95 pb. Ages 11 to Adult. Reviewer: Jessica Mize SOURCE:VOYA, February 2002 (Vol. 24, No.6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826452320
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
09/26/2001
Series:
Continuum Contemporaries Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)

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Philip Nel is Assistant Professor of English at Kansas State University. He is the author of JK Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide (2001) - and The Avant-Garde and American Postmodernity (2002). He is currently writing a biography of Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss.

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