Call for Papers: Teaching with Harry Potter [Update]

full name / name of organization: 
Valerie Frankel, MFA
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Call for Papers: Teaching with Harry Potter

Harry Potter defined a decade and more. In its wake, children began reading, began gravitating to the fantasy section. The midnight book release began, along with Wizard Rock, parodies, movies, college Quiddich teams, and finally a theme park. It built some of its popularity and reputation through hot nineties technology, the internet with its fanfiction, chatrooms, and lexicons. And in its unprecedented fandom we see how startlingly a book can become popular, become a phenomenon. This collection looks at Harry Potter as a reflection of us, twenty-first century fans, and addresses how children, teen, and college/adult/scholarly culture has been altered by the Harry Potter phenomenon. Essays studying kid or teen behavior influenced by the series, or formal and informal education with Harry Potter are especially welcome.

This is for a nearly-completed collection that an academic publisher has expressed interest in; however, as the focus and length of the project have changed somewhat, I'm seeking a few more essays to round it out. For this reason, I need proposals right away, though I don't mind a certain roughness. The deadline is August 15th 2011.

The completed essays should be 4000-5000 words. Essays must adhere to MLA format and be friendly and approachable, yet academic in scope and content.

Proposal Guidelines: Please send a 350-500 word summary of your proposed essay pasted into your email, along with a short professional bio. Direct inquiries and proposals can be sent to Valerie Frankel, author and professor, at with a subject of HARRY POTTER SUBMISSION.