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Popular Novel: The Ethics of Harry Potter: Approach: Ethical Criticism

Peter Childs

in Texts: Contemporary Cultural Texts and Critical Approaches

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748620432
eISBN:
9780748671700
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620432.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

J.K. Rowling’s extraordinarily successful series of children’s stories has inspired an unprecedented reaction across the world, in terms of devotion and denunciation. Celebrated in conventions in ... More


Truth and the Imagination: From Romance to Children’s Fantasy

Karen Sullivan

in The Danger of Romance: Truth, Fantasy, and Arthurian Fictions

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226540122
eISBN:
9780226540436
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226540436.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Since Late Antiquity, thinkers have argued over whether imagination—and, by extension, romance, which relies so heavily upon imagination—can give one access to truth. For scholastic theologians, ... More


Gothic half-bloods: maternal kinship in Rowling's Harry Potter series1

Ranita Chatterjee

in Gothic kinship

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719088605
eISBN:
9781781707203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719088605.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Ranita Chatterjee explores in Chapter 11 the Gothic kinship ties between hero Harry Potter and villain Lord Voldemort in J.K. Rowling’s famous novel series. Their physically intertwined existence – ... More


Audience Today: Between Literature and Performance

Daniel Punday

in Computing as Writing

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780816696994
eISBN:
9781452953601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816696994.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 6 discusses whether the model of computing changes our ideas about the relationship between the literary writer and his or her audience. A number of critics have suggested a shift toward the ... More


Orestes and the Half-Blood Prince: Ghosts of Aeschylus in the Harry Potter Series

Brett M. Rogers

in Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780190610050
eISBN:
9780190610081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610050.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Brett M. Rogers, in “Orestes and the Half-Blood Prince: Ghosts of Aeschylus in the Harry Potter Series,” explores the unexpected quotation from Libation Bearers in Deathly Hallows, as well as a ... More


Harry, Frodo, and Neo

Sophia Moskalenko and Clark McCauley

in The Marvel of Martyrdom: The Power of Self-Sacrifice in a Selfish World

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190689322
eISBN:
9780190939526
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190689322.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Looking first for evidence in popular culture, the authors ask whether martyrdom stories still inspire today as they did 2,000 years ago. Three blockbuster stories that became cultural icons turn out ... More


Caligari1

Siegfried Kracauer

in The Supervillain Reader

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781496826466
eISBN:
9781496826510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

J.K. Rowling’s Voldemort shows readers a uniquely unusual type of evil seen alongside the pantheon of super-villains we know and love to revile. This essay posits that Voldemort’s unusual evil ... More


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