Heroism in the Harry Potter SeriesLena Steveker
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'Heroism in the Harry Potter Series provides a neat cross-section of the conversations to date about Rowling's best-selling series. The lens of heroism, as this collection demonstrates, can offer new perspectives on earlier ways of reading the series - genre, gender, religion, archetype, philosophy, psychology, and postmodernism - and point readers towards new areas of exploration.' Karin E. Westman, Kansas State University, USA 'A worthwhile scholarly collection. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and general readers.' Choice '... there is real stimulation here, in the essays of Katrin Berndt, Julia Boll, Nadine Bohm, Maria Nikolajeva and Lena Steveker. Who would have thought that the Harry Potter novels 'can be read on a certain level as Snape's rather than Harry's story?' Children's Books History Society Newsletter 'It is a tribute to the organizing talent of the editors that the contributions are of consistent quality. All begin with a clear exposition culminating in a thesis that is subsequently worked out carefully and concluded by a final statement. Together, they demonstrate how the use of various points of view results in different findings that, due to the multiple ambiguities of the text, complement rather than contradict each other.' Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik '... this collection provides much food for thought on Harry Potter.' International Research in Children's Literature Accessible, well-wrought and easy to work with, Heroism in the Harry Potter Series is a valuable asset to scholars from undergraduate to established, to libraries and to fans of the series who are willing to have their love challenged in new ways.' English Studies