Abstract

Abstract:

Throughout the Harry Potter corpus, the humanist drive of the development narrative is frequently disrupted by instances of posthuman hybridity, which challenge both the viability and the desirability of being "purely" human. These disruptions not only broaden the interpretation of "human" as discussed by previous critics; they also, critically, highlight the limitations of a culture founded on liberal humanist philosophy. Furthermore, the promising disruptions that are only partially developed in the core seven novels seem, in the newer additions to the corpus, to be more prominently foregrounded. This article argues that such disruptions call into question the very foundations of liberal humanist culture.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-1201
Print ISSN
0885-0429
Pages
pp. 325-343
Launched on MUSE
2018-08-16
Open Access
No
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