ENG 279-A Harry Potter: Magic, Muggles, and Metaphor


Course Details

  • Online
  • 8 Weeks | May 29 – July 20
  • 3 Credits | Cost: $1425.00
  • Online myHill Registration | April 9 – May 22
  • Online Payment is Due at Time of Registration

Course Description

This course will immerse students in the world of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Reading the novels as literary and cultural texts, the course will explore how Rowling creates an intricate alternative universe with parallel political and social dimensions. The course will examine the novel series as narrative and cultural artifacts, paying special attention to how the texts offer construct new notions of nation, authority, education, morality, folklore, and fandom.

Additional Information

  • Faculty will contact all students after the May 22nd registration deadline with course instructions. Students should expect to dedicate approximately 17 hours of course related work per week.

Course Instructor

Scott Cohen

Associate Professor of English

Scott Cohen is an Associate Professor of twentieth-century British and postcolonial literatures. He teaches courses in Postcolonial cultural studies, world Anglophone literatures, transnational and international modernism, and the history and theory of the novel.

He has recently published articles in the Minnesota ReviewModern Fiction StudiesNOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, and Conradiana. His research interests include materialism and theories of space, gender and sexuality, globalization and urban culture, aesthetics and theories of values, and advertising and empire.

Many of these interests inform his current book project In the Crosscurrents of Empire: A Moving Geography of Global British Fiction; the study considers the importance of real and imagined movement and mobility in the formation of modernist aesthetics and British imperial policy.