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J.K. Rowling's Library: Harry Potter in Context
Saturday, August 4, 2007
10:00 AM to 10:50 AM
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Karin E. Westman is Associate Professor of English at Kansas State University, where she teaches courses in modern and contemporary British literature, including a course on Harry Potter. Her areas of interest include narrative studies, gender, children's literature, and technology. She has presented and published most recently on J. K. Rowling and Philip Pullman, among other contemporary British writers. She is currently completing J. K. Rowling's Library: Harry Potter in Context (UP of Mississippi, forthcoming 2008), a book-length study of the series within British literary history.
This presentation will explore the _Harry Potter_ series within the context of the British literary tradition, especially the authors and books that Rowling has recognized as favorites in interviews and on her website: Jane Austen, E. Nesbit, Dorothy Sayers, Katherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Gouge, Dodie Smith, and Roddy Doyle. By analyzing the series alongside the authors named on Rowling's virtual bookshelf, we can better appreciate Rowling's attention to character development and narrative form as well as her contribution to literary history.
In consideration of the permission granted herein, Content Management Corporation agrees to print following copyright notice in each copy of the audio recording concerned: "J.K.Rowling's Library: Harry Potter in Context" Copyright © 2007 by Kevin E Westman.
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