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Harry Potter and Beyond: On J K Rowlings Fantasies and Other Fictions

Tison Pugh

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Miscellaneous
30 June 2020
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers; Literary companions; Children's literature studies: general; Crime & mystery; Fantasy; Magic; Mythological Creatures, People & Places; Witches & Wizards; Urban Fantasy; Other Film, TV & Media; Harry Potter; Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Harry Potter
Harry Potter and Beyond explores J. K. Rowling's beloved best-selling series and its virtuoso reimagining of British literary traditions. Weaving together elements of fantasy, the school-story novel, detective fiction, allegory, and bildungsroman, the Harry Potter novels evade simplistic categorization as children's or fantasy literature. Because the Potter series both breaks new ground and adheres to longstanding narrative formulas, readers can enhance their enjoyment of these epic adventures by better understanding their place in literary history.

Along with the seven foundational novels of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and Beyond assesses the extraordinary range of supplementary material concerning the young wizard and his allies, including the films of the books, the subsequent film series of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the theatrical spectacle Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and a range of other Potter-inspired narratives. Beyond the world of Potter, Pugh surveys Rowling's literary fiction The Casual Vacancy and her detective series featuring Cormoran Strike, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Through this comprehensive overview of Rowling's body of work, Pugh reveals the vast web of connections between yesteryear's stories and Rowling's vivid creations.
By:   Tison Pugh
Imprint:   Miscellaneous
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781643360874
ISBN 10:   1643360876
Series:   Harry Potter
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   30 June 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tison Pugh is Pegasus Professor of English at the University of Central Florida. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books in such fields as children's literature, medieval literature, and southern literature.

Reviews for Harry Potter and Beyond: On J K Rowlings Fantasies and Other Fictions

Contextualizing Rowling's works within and beyond the Harry Potter franchise in terms of genre, ideology, critical response, and artistic achievement, Tison Pugh's new book offers an informed, appreciative, and approachable assessment. -- Claudia Nelson, Texas A&M University This engaging and well-researched book explains how J. K. Rowling builds on five key literary genres and does a brilliant job illuminating those genres, such that the book is both an overview of Harry Potter as literature and an introduction to literature by way of Harry Potter. Highly recommended. -- Kenneth Kidd, University of Florida In his eminently readable Harry Potter and Beyond, Tison Pugh offers keen insights into race, gender, queerness, and especially genre as he illuminates Rowling's fantasy fiction and also her mystery novels. -- Beverly Clark, Wheaton College


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