The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature, Vol 16, No 1 (2012)

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Demons and Demos: Voldemort, Democracy and Celebrity Culture

Saradindu Bhattacharya

Abstract


This article tackles celebrity culture as embodied in the person of one, who, ironically, must-not-be-named: Voldemort. Moving deep into the layers of celebrity cultures in the academy, the world, and the world of the novels, Bhattacharya takes an intriguing, timely, and surprising position: it is less an inherently evil nature of the individual and more the inherently social — perhaps panoptic — nature of the world into which Voldemort enters that result in the wizard’s criminal notoriety.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

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