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Hermione Granger Saves the World

Essays on the Feminist Heroine of Hogwarts

Christopher E. Bell (editor)

ISBN: 9780786471379

Publication Date: Jul 2012

Format: Paperback

These essays make two central claims. First, for some people, the word ‘feminist' has been either poorly defined or, in some cases, even demonized. Hermione Granger serves as an outstanding example of what modern young feminism looks like: activist, powerful and full of agency, yet feminine, romantic and stylish. Second, that our young, emergent feminist Hermione Granger is a pivotal character upon whom the entire series rests. It is she who solves every difficult puzzle, performs every difficult spell, and to whom her two male companions look for advice.
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The new essays in this book make two central claims. First, for some people, the word "feminist" has been either poorly defined or, in some cases, even demonized. Hermione Granger, of the Harry Potter series, serves as an outstanding example of what modern young feminism looks like: activist, powerful and full of agency, yet feminine, romantic and stylish--a new kind of feminism for a new kind of girl. The second claim the essays make is that our young, emergent feminist Hermione Granger is a pivotal character upon whom the entire series rests--not Harry Potter himself (or, at least, not Harry Potter solely). It is Hermione who solves every difficult puzzle, performs every difficult spell, and to whom her two male companions look for guidance and advice. Quite literally, on several occasions throughout the series, Hermione Granger saves the world through her actions. This is an outstanding model for young women (and for young men as well) who are confused about how feminism manifests and operates in 2012.
Pages 231
Date Published 30 Jul 2012
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Literary companions  
Christopher E. Bell is a recent Ph.D. graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Ronald E. McNair scholar. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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