Printer Friendly
The Free Library
22,741,889 articles and books

Females and Harry Potter; not all that empowering.



9780742537798

Females and Harry Potter; not all that empowering.

Mayes-Elma, Ruthann.

Rowman & Littlefield

2006

155 pages

$17.95

Paperback

Reverberations; contemporary curriculum and pedagogy series

PR6068

This study offers a critical reading of the representation of women's agency by the female characters in the first book in the Harry Potter series (US edition), drawing on critical theory, feminist theory Feminist theory is the extension of feminism into theoretical, or philosophical, ground. It encompasses work done in a broad variety of disciplines, prominently including the approaches to women's roles and lives and feminist politics in anthropology and sociology, economics, , and critical discourse analysis Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of discourse, which views "language as a form of social practice" (Fairclough 1989: 20) and focuses on the ways social and political domination is reproduced by text and talk. . She finds that women's agency is presented in manner in keeping with the dominant discourse on gender, with women largely characterized char·ac·ter·ize  
tr.v. character·ized, character·iz·ing, character·iz·es
1. To describe the qualities or peculiarities of: characterized the warden as ruthless.

2.
 as doubting themselves, mothering men, and requiring the validation See validate.

validation - The stage in the software life-cycle at the end of the development process where software is evaluated to ensure that it complies with the requirements.
 of men. She further argues that J.K. Rowling allows her female characters to resist gender oppression only up to certain point, thus allowing them some agency but still reinforcing the constructions and institutions of patriarchal pa·tri·ar·chal  
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a patriarch.

2. Of or relating to a patriarchy: a patriarchal social system.

3.
 power relationships.

([c]20062005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)
COPYRIGHT 2006 Book News, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2006 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

 Reader Opinion

Title:

Comment:



 

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Reference & Research Book News
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Nov 1, 2006
Words:138
Previous Article:From sensation to society; representations of marriage in the fiction of Mary Elizabeth Braddon, 1862-1866.
Next Article:"The yellow wall-paper"; a dual-text critical edition.
Topics:



Related Articles
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
More on Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. (Letters to Editor).
Federal court foils Arkansas school's effort to restrict Harry Potter. (People & Events).
Muggles, broomsticks, quidditch, and owls that deliver mail: a cast of characters to breathe life--and the magic of good writing--into children's...
Harry finale; Spoilers aren't just rude, they're unethical, too.
The best books of 2007.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2014 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters