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Prinzi to speak on 'Quills, Queries, and Quests'

I guess in a few weeks (days?) time I'll post some a bit longer musings of mine on the type of "academic" texts to write on HPish subjects when and where, and on changes which I expect to happen over the next ca. 5 years in the way literary scholars, historians of philosophy, theologians, etc. etc. pp. qwill write about Harry Potter and the Potterverse. I guess this will change quite a lot from "catering for fans" to writing for people who perhaps didn't even read the books.
Today I found in my inbox an information concerning Convention Alley 2008 which provides information about a talk which IMO might bbe a good example that "the old way" of dealing with HP is still alive, and that it can provide us with texts which might very well worth to be read (or listened to):
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Travis Prinzi will be adding two presentations to our line-up,
bringing our total of keynote presentations up to 5. Mr. Prinzi has
an M.A. in Theological Studies and is currently working on his
M.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education.


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The first presentation will be:

"Quills, Queries, and Quests: Literacy Learning in the Wizarding
World"

When the term "literacy" is used in popular discourse, it most
frequently refers simply to "the ability to read and write," and in
education, it follows that becoming "literate" involves a process of
rote repetition in order to get down basic "facts" and "skills" in
order to become "literate." Literacy, however, is far more complex
than that simple definition, and more than that, all constructions of
literacy are inherently political. This presentation examines
literacy in the Harry Potter series. Defining literacy as "changing
participation" in a sociocultural setting, we will examine Harry and
Muggleborns as outsiders to the dominant discourse; the way education
is framed by Hogwarts teachers; the "Ministry-approved, theory-
centered" curriculum of Delores Umbridge; the student subversion in
the form of Dumbledore's Army; and finally, Albus Dumbledore's
lessons with Harry as an example of an Apprenticeship model of
literacy learning.



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