2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    
    Dec 01, 2020  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENG-326 Harry Potter and the Secrets of Popular Culture


GER: WR (Writing-Research Intensive) and TA (Critical, Analytical Interpretation of Texts)
Prerequisite: any first year writing seminar 
This course will examine the relationship between the Harry Potter film and book franchise and the 18th century novel. Like the blockbuster series, many 18th century novels relied on an earlier literary tradition, which they both sensationalized and updated. Not only does the Harry Potter series borrow tropes and plots from a variety of literary works, but it also relies on a rich literary tradition of borrowing and adaptation. This course will explore how literary traditions have always grown through copying, imitation, and outright theft.  4 credits.



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