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Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays (Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture) Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0313320675 ISBN-10: 0313320675

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  • Series: Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture (Book 78)
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (May 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313320675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313320675
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Here is more proof that almost everybody is wild about Harry--academics as well as the hundreds and thousands of children, parents, teachers, and librarians around the world who have been charmed by this young wizard-in-training. This sampling of scholarly essays will inform a thoughtful adult reader's appreciation of the Harry Potter books as literature and as a publishing phenomenon."-Virginia A. Walter Associate Professor and Chair, UCLA Department of Information Studies

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The tropes and themes of J. K. Rowling's massively popular series are interpreted within the context of its audience.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Expertly compiled and deftly edited by Giselle Liza Anatol (Assistant Professor of English, University of Kanas - Lawrence), Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays is an impressive anthology of literary criticism draw from a variety of learned authors who all of whom regard J. K. Rowling's popular Harry Potter fantasy series as far more than mere popular culture pablum. Examining the Harry Potter works with regard to theories of child development, literary influences and historical contexts, and morality and social values, Reading Harry Potter is a multifaceted exploration of the Potter books as literature with lasting potential influence on both developing and mature minds today.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Quite simply, this is the book I will use as my primary resource to teach Harry Potter from now on. I teach both undergraduate and graduate English Education majors and plan to order this book for all of my Adolescent Literature sections this coming year. Not only are the essays interesting and diverse, they really show how many different ways a reader can think about a text. Most interesting, however, is how these very different essays (and authors) speak to one another. Overall, a really fine group of essays about some very important works.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Mendez on September 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is an amazing anthology of literary criticisms of Harry Potter books 1-4. It brings to the forefront Rowling's social agenda, the fairy tale genre, ambiguity between good and evil, etc. Something that I would like to see in the future are new essays, or these essays rewritten, by the same authors in light of surprising changes to some characters' development particularly with Snape in Book 6. Otherwise, this book is an amazing read and is thoroughly enlightening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Epifano on January 19, 2009
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This book was recommended to me by my Children's Literature professor as a way to further explore the Harry Potter phenomenon. As a start to my reading of literary criticism in general, I absolutely loved this book. The essays were well written and brought many different subjects of Harry Potter into play that I normally wouldn't think about. It was a wonderful critique of the first 4 books and I can only hope the same authors write more now that the series is finished.
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