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Harry´s Girls: Harry Potter and the Discourse of Gender -Meredith Cherland

Harry_Potter_Discourse_Gender Source: Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Vol. 52, No. 4 (Dec., 2008- Jan., 2009), pp. 273-282; Published by: International Literacy Association and Wiley The comment “Harry´s Girls: Harry Potter and the Discourse of Gender”, written in 2008 by Meredith Cherland deals with the contrast between humanism and poststructural theory. Cherland thematizes the importance of popular literature, using the example of the Harry Potter novels, during a phase of self-discovery of children. She explains how humanism encourages dualistic thinking and constructs binaries as the way of understanding. As solution she presents the advantages of a poststructural point of view. Poststructural theory can draw attention to the binaries that structure the text of popular language, for example the Harry Potter novels, and deepen the understanding of how language works to construct reality. Poststructural theory explains that the beliefs about who oneself is, is constructed by the interaction with the discources of the individual environment. The surroundings influence how the individual and the world is seen. By understanding that children can disengage themselves from fitting the discourses the humanistic society has created and find ways to recreate them to change the social world. (written by Johanna Cyrkel) idea: sirens of the Odyssey; Young Beautiful Woman, who have dangerous power over men. When the sirens sing, men lose all reason.
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