What if Harry Potter Is Real?

Instructor: 
Layne McDaniel
Day/Time Taught: 
108: MW 2:00-3:15 pm; 111: 3:30-4:45 pm
Term: 
Spring
Year: 
2011
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section-1: 
108
Section-2: 
111

This course will engage students with questions about the very nature of history. Who decides what history is? Who decides how it is used or mis-used? How does this use or misuse affect us? How can the historical imagination inform literature and fantasy? How can fantasy reshape how we look at history? The Harry Potter novels and films are fertile ground for exploring all of these deeper questions. By looking at the actual geography of the novels, real and imagined historical events portrayed in the novels, the reactions of scholars in all the social sciences to the novels, and the world-wide frenzy inspired by them, students will examine issues of race, class, gender, time, place, the uses of space and movement, the role of multiculturalism in history as well as how to read a novel and how to read scholarly essays to get the most out of them.

 

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located on the main floor of Anne Belk Hall, room 1114.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Faculty Coordinator of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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