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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education
ISBN 9780230008496
Publication Date December 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series New Casebooks

This vibrant and timely collection of brand new essays explores the complete Harry Potter series. The volume presents a variety of critical essays by a range of scholars, providing students with much needed guidance on how to approach these immensely popular texts and films, and how to tackle the complex 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

Reviews

'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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