Reading Harry Potter Again: New Critical Essays

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Overview

As was argued in Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays (Praeger, 2003), interpreting the underlying messages and themes of the Harry Potter series is vital for understanding the ways in which we perceive and interact with each other in contemporary society. The novels and corresponding film adaptations have broken records with their astonishing sales and widespread acclaim. They have also generated a plethora of writing—by critics, academics, and fans. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books could easily be called this generation's most formative narratives, and thus certainly warrant critical attention.

This new volume of essays covers the entire seven-book sequence. Contributors consider myriad themes from a variety of perspectives. Areas addressed include religion, morality, race, magic, and other themes popular in discussing the books. With this book in hand, fans of the series—indeed anyone interested in the Harry Potter phenomenon—will better appreciate and understand Rowling's work and the impact of her stories on our culture and on our times.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313361975
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 237
  • Sales rank: 1,381,797
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

GISELLE LIZA ANATOL is Associate Professor of English at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. She is the editor of Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays (Praeger, 2003), and has published several journal articles, book chapters, and other publications.

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