- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (August 7, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415964849
- ISBN-13: 978-0415964845
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Critical Perspectives on Harry Potter 2nd Edition
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"DISCLAIMER: This book is not authorized, approved, licensed, or endorsed by J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., or anyone associated with the Harry Potter books or movies."
Taylor and Francis Books US --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Elizabeth E. Heilman is Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University.
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Having read a number of books on the Harry Potter phenomenon, I know all too well that any given volume may turn out to be less characterized by rigor and insight, and more characterized by generic, unspecific and uncritical praise. Fandom about any creative work has its place, but when I want to wrestle with the ideas generated by a pop-culture phenomenon such as the HP books, I want to do it in the company of writers who've given that phenomenon a good hard look--appreciating what's good while not shying away from what might provoke debate.
This book provides exactly that. Unique among the twenty or more books on HP I've read so far, its content is consistently smart, grounded in solid knowledge of literature, and well-argued. The writing by all authors included is clear and lively. Kudos to the editor for gathering so fascinating a group of essays!
Shortly after Pottermania began, several books appeared on the market dedicated to analyzing the phenomenon. Some addressed broad themes, while others disseminated every detail of the book, trying to decipher each and every meaning of every word of J.K. Rowling's works. Among these is Harry Potter's World: Multidisciplinary Critical Perspectives, a collection of essays written by professors and graduate students.
Harry Potter's World: Multidisciplinary Critical Perspectives is by far the most comprehensive book of this genre. Edited by Michigan State University professor Elizabeth Heilman, the book is comprised of numerous essays separated into four perspectives: Cultural Studies Perspectives, Reader Response and Interpretive Perspectives, Literary Perspectives: The Hero, Myth and Genre and Critical and Sociological Perspectives.
As a graduate student pursuing a MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction, this book has been a wonderful guide for me and enriched my understanding of the many facets of curriculum study. Not only does it provide unique interpretations of the series, but it also stimulates critical reflection and offers deep analyses of the boy wizard the world has grown to love.
While it is appropriate for college and graduate-level classes, anyone interested in exploring the cultural phenomenon of Harry Potter should read and will benefit from this. You will never look at Harry Potter the same way again.