- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Zossima Press (July 17, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982238584
- ISBN-13: 978-0982238585
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hog's Head Conversations: Essays on Harry Potter, Volume 1
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Part Four-Conversations on Literary Criticism, has "Tom Riddle's Diary," by Ryan Kerr, and "If Rowling Says Dumbledore is Gay, Is He Gay?", by Karen Kebarle; Part Five -Conversations on Characters, has "Ginny Weasley: Girl Next-Doormat?" by Gwendolyn Limbach, and "Interpret Your Findings Correctly," by David Jones. I had never heard of Colin Manlove before, but I was greatly impressed by his essay, "The Literary Value of the Harry Potter Books." James Thomas was at Azkatraz, and his book "Repotting Harry Potter, " was just hot off the press there. My own interest tends to dovetail with the First Section, but I have read all the essays in the book, and they are all excellent. This is a great book to have for those times when you don't have a lot of time to read, but you want to spend it on something uplifting, that will give you food for thought. Congratulations, Travis, on your selection of essays and editing of this book!
The essays deal with issues like Truth and Imagination, as well as exploring Rowling's use (or non-use) of her characters. One of the highlights for me was the essay by Karen Kebarle using the 'gay Dumbledore' controversy to explore authorial intent. Another essay, on Ginny Weasley, has already been a great discussion-starter on Travis' Hogs Head website.
This book would be helpful for anyone doing Literary Studies, as it takes a great contemporary work and applies it to many of the issues students will face. Plus it's a great addition to any thinking fan's library. I'm glad it has 'Volume 1' on it because I will be eagerly looking forward to further volumes.
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Like any collection of essays, there are some good and some not so good. This book is definitely NOT for kids. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kristin J. Bradburn
Really good and insightful look into the literature behind the Harry Potter books. The authors have a fantastic understanding of the series and make excellent comparisons to other... Read morePublished on October 19, 2011 by michael