The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature, Vol 8, No 3 (2004)

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The Effect of Book Banning on Child Culture: A Close Look at the Harry Potter Series

Allyson J. Casares

Abstract


The Harry Potter series has been both immensely popular and frequently criticized, and even banned in some quarters. All literature requires active participation from its readers, and children's literature provides a context that can allow children to make valid judgments about their culture. If we remove that opportunity for contextualizing, we may leave children with narrow knowledge and experience to make those judgements. This article considers how the conflicting approaches of banning and free access to problematic texts may be resolved.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680