CHL137. Harry Potter: Literary Allusion, Children ’ s Literature, and Popular Culture Dr. Annette Wannamaker Please find a seat in the first 10 rows. Please do not sit in the back rows of the auditorium.
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Harry Potter: Literary Allusion, Children’s Literature, and Popular Culture
Dr. Annette Wannamaker
Please find a seat in the first 10 rows.
Please do not sit in the back rows of the auditorium.
We’ll hand out the course syllabus in a bit. There are a few corrections to be made, so please follow along with a pen.
Please fill out and hand in the survey. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers--just be honest! I’m trying to get an accurate sense of the make-up of the class.Intro to course:
10-11 a.m. Mondays and
12-1 p.m. Fridays
We have office hours:
Mondays 10-11 a.m. and 12:15-2 p.m.
Tuesdays 5-6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 12:15-2 p.m.
Fridays 12-1 p.m.
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Or, you can email at any time.
Don’t ever hesitate to ask for help with any reading or writing assignment or for studying for exams or quizzes!
CHL137 is a “General Education Knowledge of the Disciplines Humanities Course.”
This means that the class, like all the other classes in this category, is required to meet specific “outcomes”: students are expected to come out of the course able to demonstrate knowledge of children’s literature as a discipline in the humanities.
Since the books in the Harry Potter series are children’s texts and a cultural phenomenon, they also have become symbols in larger cultural battles over religious values, literacy, and the role of children’s literature in shaping the next generation’s beliefs about gender, social class, race, imperialism, capitalism, and spirituality. This makes these books an ideal model to use in a classroom to illustrate the relevance of literature and literary studies to society.
A close study of these novels as complex literary works that have roots in classic literature, as cultural phenomena, and as the objects of public debates can highlight for students all that is at stake in literary interpretation and cultural production. Therefore, students in this course will explore questions such as:
In order to think critically about these, and other questions, the class will read some of the novels in the series; classic literature, myths, folk tales, and legends alluded to in the novels; and articles covering some of the public and academic debates about the novels.
This is a combination of assignments that will require students to synthesize various ideas and to apply what they have learned to their own interpretations of the books.
Ideally, by the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of literary terms and concepts; of the significance of literary allusion; of the role of literature in contemporary culture; of the debates that experts have about such issues as literary merit or ideology in literature; and of the ways that both the form and the role of literature are evolving within the context of Twenty-first Century global capitalism.
Download and print the following texts and add them to your course packet:
Go to the on-line syllabus with links
for CHL137 Winter 2008:
The official English Department policy is that students who miss two weeks worth of a class, for whatever reason, (four classes in a section that meets twice a week) should expect to fail that course and should withdraw.
The groups will present their findings on an assigned date in two ways:
2. The Group will teach their topic to the class in a 15-minute presentation
When you come to class late, it is disruptive to everyone around you. If you cannot make it to my class on time (11 a.m., not 11:02 or even 11:01) please drop the course.
The following are examples of behaviors that are not respectful: