Re-reading Harry Potter

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jul 7, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 278 pages
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This is the first extended text-based analysis of the social and political implications of the Harry Potter phenomenon. Arguments are primarily based on close readings of the first four Harry Potter books and the first two films - in other words, a 'text-to-world' method is followed. This study does not assume that the phenomenon concerns children alone, or should be lightly dismissed as a matter of pure entertainment. The amount of money, media coverage, and ideological unease involved indicates otherwise. The first part provides a survey of responses (both of general readers and critics) to the Harry Potter books. Some of the methodological decisions underlying this study itself are also explained here. The second part examines the presentation of certain themes, including gender, race and desire, in the Harry Potter books, with a view to understanding how these may impinge on social and political concerns of our world.

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User Review  - 06nwingert - LibraryThing

Suman Gupta delves into the myriad connections and interpretations of the Harry Potter series in Re-Reading Harry Potter. This is a detailed and well-written analysis of the septology, and I expect this to sit alongside the series on every fan's bookshelf. Read full review

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User Review  - Frida - Goodreads

This is what I think to be a very well assembled book of critical views on Harry Potter. Stirred some serious questions although the reading itself was slow and tideous Read full review

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Contents

Book Covers
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Children and Adults
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The Seriousness of Social and Political Effects
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Copyright

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SUMAN GUPTA teaches at the Open University UK. He has written five books, the most recent of which are Corporate Capitalism and Political Philosophy (2002) and The Replication of Violence: Thoughts on International Terrorism After 11 September 2001 (2002).