Getting medieval in the classroom

Ward, Renee (2013) Getting medieval in the classroom. In: Teaching with Harry Potter: essays on classroom wizardry from elementary school to college. McFarland, Jefferson, NC, pp. 152-167. ISBN 9780786472017

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Abstract

This article outlines how, from a pedagogical perspective, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series provides an entry point for teaching themes important in Western culture, from race, identity, and gender to faith, history, and social hegemonies. It also considers the usefulness of Rowling’s medievalism as a tool for introducing students to the Middle Ages, as well as for challenging them to explore issues relevant to both the medieval period and the twenty-first century. The discussion highlights a number of key topics that relate easily to medieval and modern contexts, that easily overlap with each other, and that provide opportunity for creative and traditional approaches, and offers teaching practices that can be applied in both secondary and post-secondary environments.

Keywords:J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter, Medievalism, Teaching the Middle Ages, Creative Pedagogies
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q300 English studies
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q323 English Literature by topic
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q322 English Literature by author
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q321 English Literature by period
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:25242
Deposited On:26 Dec 2016 11:48

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