English 177-2 - Fall, 2019

Study of an Individual Author

    Topic: Harry Potter in Context

Class Information

Instructor: Vernon, Matthew
CRN: 42098
Time: MWF 12:10-1:00
Location: 113 Hoagland


    Harry Potter was not just a global phenomenon, it was a virtuosic assemblage of some of the most treasured parts of the English literary tradition: the detective story, boarding school novel, medieval romance, gothic fiction, fairy tale, bestiary, Tolkien-esque fantasy and . We will work through all of the Harry Potter novels in tandem with influences and sources to build a vocabulary for talking about Harry Potter.


    The Big Sleep
    The Hobbit
    The Quest for the Holy Grail
    Second Form at Malory Towers
    Turn of the Screw
    Morte d'Arthur
    Jane Eyre
    The Travels of John Mandeville
    Collected Fairy Tales