Females and Harry Potter is a deconstruction of the representations of women's agency in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Using critical discourse analysis and focusing on five themes (rule following and breaking, intelligence, validating and enabling, mothering, and resistance), Mayes-Elma explores the construction of traditional gender roles in the book. Additionally, the author locates the foundations of feminist epistemologybinary oppositions, gender boundaries, and woman as "other"that is deeply embedded within the book's themes. Traditional gender constructions of both men and women are found throughout the Sorcerer's Stone. Ultimately, the book explores the sexism inherent in the Harry Potter series: a hero and his male friends are the focus and center of activity and the female characters are enablersat best. Passive and invisible female characters exist only as bodies, "bound" by traditional gender conventions; they resist evil, but never gender stereotypes. Mayes-Elma concludes with a discussion of the implications for development of school curricula that enable students to critically deconstruct these texts.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||Reverberations: Contemporary Curriculum and Pedagogy Series|
|Product dimensions:||7.46(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Ruthann Mayes-Elma is a writer, researcher, and educator whose research centers on the intersections of children's literature, social justice, and media literacy. She has contributed chapters to various published and upcoming books, as well as a a book of her own: Readings in Sociocultural Studies in Education (2002). She has presented at various national and international conferences and has held the office of delegate to Ohio Education Association (OEA).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Harry Potter in Review Chapter 2 You've Got to Have Theory Chapter 3 Method to My Madness Chapter 4 Analyzing Harry and Friends Chapter 5 Where Do We Go From Here?