CFP: [20th] Reading Harry Potter––volume 2

full name / name of organization: 
Giselle Liza Anatol
contact email: 

As was argued in _Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays_
(Greenwood/Praeger 2003), interpreting the underlying messages and themes
of the Harry Potter series is vital for understanding the ways that we
perceive and interact with each other in contemporary society. The
novels and corresponding film adaptations have broken records with their
groundbreaking sales and widespread acclaim; they have also generated a
plethora of writingâ€"both by academics and fans. These texts could easily
be called this generation’s most formative narratives.

For this second contributed volume, the editor seeks to continue the
lines of inquiry presented in the first collection of essays, creating a
type of conversation between volumes I and II, as well as pursuing new
material. Manuscripts from a wide array of perspectives and theoretical
modelsâ€"those that extend the discussion beyond the first four books,
challenge the arguments proposed in the first volume, or interrogate new
topicsâ€"are welcome. Essays may explore, but need not be limited to, the
following themes:

--the Harry Potter books in a literary-historical context
--comparisons to other fantasy writers, such as Diana Wynne Jones, CS
Lewis, Philip Pullman
--the literacy movement surrounding the Harry Potter books
--fandomâ€"slash, fanart, gaming, zines, etc.
--science and alchemy
--parent-child relationships; questions of authority and teenage rebellion
--“race”; ethnicity; cultural diversity; anti-prejudice or reinforcing
--issues of socio-economic class
--representations of gender; constructions of masculinity and femininity;
role models
--nationalism and political ideology
--teaching Harry Potter; pedagogical issues in kindergarten through
college classrooms

Deadline for abstracts (maximum 250 words): November 9, 2007.
        Please include a brief autobiographical sketch.

Send to:

Giselle Liza Anatol
University of Kansas
Department of English
Wescoe Hall â€" Room 3001
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045

For more information, please contact Dr. Anatol at <> or
(785) 864-2530.

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