Aus unseren Neuerwerbungen – Anglistik 2024.6

Humour in Old Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture: Com­mu­ni­ties of Laugh­ter in Ear­ly Medieval Eng­land
BuchcoverThis book explores the tech­nique and sig­nif­i­cance of humour in Old Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture, includ­ing rid­dles, rhymes, the hero­ic, the hagio­graph­ic, and more.

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Har­ry Pot­ter and the oth­er: race, jus­tice, and dif­fer­ence in the wiz­ard­ing world
BuchcoverRace mat­ters in the fic­tion­al Wiz­ard­ing World of the Har­ry Pot­ter series as much as it does in the real world. As J. K. Rowl­ing con­tin­ues to reveal details about the world she cre­at­ed, a grow­ing num­ber of fans, schol­ars, read­ers, and publics are con­flict­ed and con­cerned about how the orig­i­nal Wiz­ard­ing World—quintessentially white and British—depicts diverse and mul­ti­cul­tur­al iden­ti­ties, social sub­jec­tiv­i­ties, and com­mu­ni­ties. Har­ry Pot­ter and the Oth­er: Race, Jus­tice, and Dif­fer­ence in the Wiz­ard­ing World is a time­ly anthol­o­gy that exam­ines, inter­ro­gates, and cri­tiques rep­re­sen­ta­tions of race and dif­fer­ence across var­i­ous Har­ry Pot­ter media, includ­ing books, films, and offi­cial web­sites, as well as online forums and the class­room.

As the con­trib­u­tors to this vol­ume demon­strate, a deep­er read­ing of the series reveals mul­ti­ple rup­tures in pop­u­lar under­stand­ings of the lib­er­a­to­ry poten­tial of the Pot­ter series. Young peo­ple who are pro­gres­sive, lib­er­al, and empow­ered to ques­tion author­i­ty may have believed they were read­ing some­thing rad­i­cal as chil­dren and young teens, but increas­ing­ly they have raised alarms about the series’ depic­tion of peo­ples of col­or, cul­tur­al appro­pri­a­tion in world­build­ing, and the author’s anti­trans state­ments in the media. Includ­ed essays exam­ine the failed wiz­ard­ing jus­tice sys­tem, the coun­ter­pro­duc­tive por­tray­al of Nagi­ni as an Asian woman, the lib­er­a­tion of Dob­by the elf, and more, adding mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tions to exist­ing schol­ar­ship on the Har­ry Pot­ter series. As we approach the twen­ty-fifth anniver­sary of the pub­li­ca­tion of Har­ry Pot­ter and the Philosopher’s StoneHar­ry Pot­ter and the Oth­er pro­vides a smor­gas­bord of insights into the way that race and dif­fer­ence have shaped this sto­ry, its world, its author, and the gen­er­a­tions who have come of age dur­ing the era of the Wiz­ard­ing World.

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