Pay attention Muggles! English 108P, titled Popular Potter, is scheduled for Spring 2016, to be taught by Dr. Neil Randall. All seven of Rowling’s novels are included on the syllabus. Students might explore the novels within several possible theoretical frameworks, including (among other possibilities) fandom studies, adaptation studies, popular culture theory, genre theory, as well as examining literary intertexts. (I keep pointing out Marxist readings to my students–free the house elves!) And if you just can’t wait until spring, you might check out UWaterloo’s Quidditch team, the subject of my very first Words in Place blog post.
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