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11 June 2008 @ 07:04 pm
In recent posts, we highlighted a few of our roundtable discussions, papers, panels and fanart portfolios. Today, we'd like to point out a style of presentation that a few presenters select each year: pre-empaneled papers. A group of presenters submits a set of papers for consideration, often themed or building upon one another. Presenters may read closely from their papers, or they may speak more casually, and one member of the group may interview presenters about their topics. One pre-empaneled set of papers was accepted for Terminus:

Harry Potter VII: Rereading the Series Through the Final Volume

Fantasy, Realism and Rowling’s Harry Potter Novels
Amy Billone
This paper argues that the seventh Harry Potter novel reformulates the relationship between fantasy and realism in the series. While the earlier books move progressively toward a horrifying Gothic landscape, in the final novel terror defeats horror and realism continues to play a dominant role. Indeed, J. K. Rowling was as influenced by Jane Austen (her favorite writer) as she was by Austen’s Gothic precursors, Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe and Matthew Lewis. The paper will demonstrate how in the final Harry Potter book fantasy merges with realism, fulfilling readers’ needs at the turn from the twentieth to the twenty-first century.

The Problem of Snape’s Redemption
Naomi Wood
Severus Snape is arguably the most complex character of the entire Harry Potter opus. Introduced as a sadistic teacher and former ally of Voldemort, he is revealed to be Dumbledore’s secret weapon against Voldemort and the unrequited lover of Lily Potter. In classic Rowling fashion, the revelations of Deathly Hallows force readers to adjust their preconceptions, re-view the crucial actions, and ponder the significance of such “mixed” qualities in a novel about absolute evil and the power of love. This paper examines Snape’s contradictory role to determine whether Snape merits his posthumous “godfathership” of Harry’s son.

Harry Potter VII: What the Ending Teaches Us
Elisabeth Gruner
The paper focuses on Hogwarts and the pedagogy implied in the series: book seven’s departure from Hogwarts suggests that “un-schooling”--represented by both experiential learning and story-telling--is better preparation for life than the rote learning of the traditional boarding school.

To see more presentations, please visit the accepted proposals page.