Heroism in the Harry Potter Series

Heroism in the Harry Potter Series

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This collection examines the ways fictional heroism in the twenty-first century challenges the idealized forms of a somewhat simplistic masculinity associated with genres like the epic, romance and classic adventure story. The collection's three sections address broad issues related to genre, Harry Potter's development as the central heroic character and the question of who qualifies as a hero in the Harry Potter series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409478416
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Series: Ashgate Studies in Childhood, 1700 to the Present
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Katrin Berndt is assistant professor of English and Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Bremen University, and Lena Steveker is assistant professor of British Literary and Cultural Studies at Saarland University, Germany.

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.

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