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Using Selected Novels of Harry Potter as a Tool for Discussion in the English as a Foreign Language Classroom with Postcolonial and Marxist Perspectives
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Harry Potter novels written by J.K Rowling have been popular since the first book was released in 1997. Rowling has written seven books about Harry and the first four together with the Swedish National Agency for Education constitute the primary sources of this essay. The essay discusses how these supposed children’s’ novels can be used to construct a lesson for students in the Swedish upper secondary classroom. The lesson plan created is based on the analysis of the possible themes of the novels using Postcolonial and Marxist critical perspectives. The theories are used to show how discrimination and suppression can be seen in the Harry Potter novels. Previous research has shown that the occurrences in Harry Potter is similar to the occurrences happening in the real world and the lesson plan is created to compare these fictional happenings with the ones happening in our real society. The lesson plan constructed consequently focuses on how the Harry Potter novels can be used to discuss discrimination and suppression takes place in English speaking societies as required by the rules and guidelines provided by the Swedish National Agency for Education.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
Harry Potter, Classroom Context, Lesson Plan, Postcolonialism, Marxism, Supression, Discrimination
National Category
Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-29560OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-29560DiVA: diva2:904630
Subject / course
English
Uppsok
Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2016-02-19 Created: 2016-02-19 Last updated: 2016-02-19Bibliographically approved

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