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Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction, Katrin Berndt and Lena Steveker; Part I Heroism in Generic Perspective: A paradox: the Harry Potter series as both epic and postmodern, Mary Pharr; Harry Potter and the battle for the soul: the revival of psychomachia in secular fiction, Rita Singer; The diffusion of Gothic conventions in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2003/2007), Susanne Gruss; Harry and his peers: Rowling's web of allusions, Lisa Hopkins. Part II The Formation of the Hero: 'Your soul is whole, and completely your own, Harry': the heroic self in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Lena Steveker; Harry Potter's archetypal journey, Julia Boll; Harry Potter – the development of a screen hero, Jennifer Schütz; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), or, how Harry Potter becomes a hero, Nadine Böhm. Part III Heroic Originals, Friends and Foes: Harry Potter and the idea of the gentleman as hero, Christine Berberich; Hermione Granger, or, a vindication of the rights of girl, Katrin Berndt; The influence of gender on Harry Potter's heroic (trans)formation, Karley Adney; Adult heroism and role models in the Harry Potter novels, Maria Nikolajeva; Heroism at the margins, Kathleen McEvoy; Index.