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Females and Harry Potter; not all that empowering.


Females and Harry Potter; not all that empowering.

Mayes-Elma, Ruthann.

Rowman & Littlefield


155 pages



Reverberations; contemporary curriculum and pedagogy series


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, and critical discourse analysis. She finds that women's agency is presented in manner in keeping with the dominant discourse on gender, with women largely characterized as doubting themselves, mothering men, and requiring the validation 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 power relationships.

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Date:Nov 1, 2006
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