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Palgrave Macmillan

J. K. Rowling

ISBN 9780230008496
Publication Date December 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series New Casebooks

J. K. Rowling's popular series of books about the boy wizard Harry Potter has captivated readers of all ages around the world. Selling more than 400 million copies, and adapted into highly successful feature films, the stories have attracted both critical acclaim and controversy.

In this collection of brand new essays, an international team of contributors examines the complete Harry Potter series from a variety of critical angles and approaches. There are discussions on topics ranging from fairytale, race and gender, through to food, medicine, queer theory and the occult. The volume also includes coverage of the films and the afterlife of the series with the opening of Rowling's 'Pottermore' website.

Essential reading for anyone with an interest in the Harry Potter phenomenon, this exciting resource provides thoughtful new ways of exploring the issues and concepts found within Rowling's world.

CYNTHIA J. HALLETT is an independent scholar and was formerly Associate Professor of English and Foreign Languages at Bennett College for Women, North Carolina, USA. Her previous publications include Scholarly Studies in Harry Potter (2005).
PEGGY J. HUEY is an Assistant Professor at Colorado Technical University Online, USA, and an Instructor for DeVry University Online, USA. She has taught at a number of colleges and universities in the USA and has published a range of articles on the Harry Potter books.

List of Abbreviations
Series Editor's Preface
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; C.Hallett
Glorious Food? The Literary and Culinary Heritage of the Harry Potter Series; S.Harris
A Fairy Tale Crew? J.K. Rowling's Characters Under Scrutiny; A.Klaus
The Way of the Wizarding World: Harry Potter and the Magical Bildungsroman; R.T.Tally, Jr.
Bewitching, Abject, Uncanny: Other Spaces in the Harry Potter Films; F.Pheasant-Kelly
Free Will and Determinism: A 'Compatibilist' Reading of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series; C.M.Fouque
Dumbledore's Ethos of Love in Harry Potter; L.Guanio-Uluru
Harry Potter
and the Origins of the Occult; E.McAvan
Wizard's Justice and Elf Liberation: Politics and Political Activism in Harry Potter; M.Schulzke
What It Means To Be A Half-Blood: Integrity Versus Fragmentation in Biracial Identity; T.Stockslager
Magic, Medicine and Harry Potter; C.Partin
Harry Potter
and the Myriad Mothers: The Maternal Figure as Lioness, Witch and Wardrobe; R.Weaver & K.McMahon-Coleman
'I knew a girl once, whose hair…': Dumbledore and the Closet; J.Daems
'Neither can live while the other survives': Harry Potter and the Extratextual (After)life of J.K. Rowling; P.Ingleton
Further Reading
Index

JIM DAEMS Lecturer in the English Department, The University of the Fraser Valley, Canada
CHARLOTTE M. FOUQUE MA in English Literature, North Carolina State University, USA
LYKKE GUANIO-ULURU PhD candidate, University of Oslo, Norway
SIAN HARRIS Lecturer in Literary Studies, Newcastle University, UK
PAMELA INGLETON PhD candidate, McMaster University, Canada
ANNE KLAUS Research Assistant, University of Osnabruck, Germany
EM McAVAN Independent Scholar
KIMBERLEY McMAHON-COLEMAN Teacher in Learning Development, University of Wollongong, Australia
CLYDE PARTIN Associate Professor of Medicine, Emory University, USA
FRANCES PHEASANT-KELLY Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, University of Wolverhampton, UK
MARCUS SCHULZKE PhD candidate, State University of New York at Albany, USA
TESS STOCKSLAGER Lecturer in English, Liberty University, USA
ROBERT T. TALLY JR Teaches American and World Literature at Texas State University, USA
ROSLYN WEAVER Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Western Sydney, Australia

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'I wanted this collection to be accessible but stretching, engaging but rigorous and to offer multiple entry points leading to lots of 'threads' for students to pursue. It offers all this and more. The variety of disciplines covered is simply extraordinary: it includes philosophy, religious studies, medicine and politics alongside the more obvious literary and cultural studies...Every essay, without exception is exquisitely written...collectively these essays inspire students to revisit the texts with new critical perspectives.' - THE Textbook Guide
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