603-103-MQ, Harry Potter: From Child (Fiction) to Adult (Fiction)
Harry Potter, the character and the series of novels, is a phenomenon both in terms of literature and culture. The novels can be seen as the ultimate bildungsroman of a young unloved and unwanted boy who grows up to be the definitive hero. In this course, we will analyze different themes raised in the novels. Some of the themes we will explore are death; the search for truth; the search for immortality; the social construction of power and class; the search for self; the search for family; the use of magic as power, and the construction of gender.It is strongly recommended that students who take this course have read the novels before the semester begins.