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Reading J.K. Rowling


Children’s fiction is a literary genre in its own right, and very often it doesn’t get the light it deserves. Often considered inferior, like young adult fiction, it is in fact filled with specific characteristics and generic elements that are meaningful for the emotional and social development of children. Literature belonging to the genre of neomedievalism has been similarly misunderstood: described by many scholars as a low-brow genre, it has nevertheless succeeded in conquering the heart of many readers, and expanded into a variety of different mediums, such as movies, TV shows or even music. The book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by J.K. Rowling, will be the heart of our research process, as it is the best example, along with the whole Harry Potter saga, to make a point here. By showing the links one can find between children’s fiction and adult neomedievalism, this research paper intends to prove that these literary genres are not inferior, but rather constitute complex, unique and essential genres both for children’s progress and adult’s well-being and knowledge of their offspring.
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hal-02962382 , version 1 (09-10-2020)


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Manon Cartier. Reading J.K. Rowling: Neomedievalism, children's fiction and dual address. Education. 2020. ⟨hal-02962382⟩
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