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Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant is like the funny pages for literature and history majors. Each strip is an exploration of a famous writer, characters from his works, or a notable person from history. Rather than treating these figures with reverence, Beaton usually takes them down a peg or two.

Edinburgh: A Cultural and Literary History

By Donald Campbell

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Learn the history and legends behind the places and faces of Scotland's capital city.

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Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books Behind the Hogwarts Adventures

By John Granger

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"...explores the literary landscape of themes and genres J.K. Rowling artfully wove throughout her novels-and the influential authors and stories that inspired her. From Jane Austen's Emma and Charles Dickens's class struggles, through the gothic romances of Dracula and Frankenstein and the detective mysteries of Dorothy L. Sayers, to the dramatic alchemy of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and William Shakespeare, Rowling cast a powerful spell with the great books of English literature that transformed the story of a young wizard into a worldwide pop culture phenomenon."
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Reading Harry Potter Again: New Critical Essays

By Giselle Liza Anatol

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As was argued in Reading Harry Potter: Critical Essays (Praeger, 2003), interpreting the underlying messages and themes of the Harry Potter series is vital for understanding the ways that we perceive and interact with each other in contemporary society. The novels and corresponding film adaptations have broken records with their groundbreaking sales and widespread acclaim; they have also generated a plethora of writing-by critics, academics, and fans. These works could easily be called this generation's most formative narratives, and thus warrant critical attention.
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