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Burning Harry Potter and Other Ways of Misreading Fantasy
October 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm PDTFree
What is fantasy literature about, and why is it a major misreading to burn copies of Harry Potter? This presentation looks at the way fantasy draws on traditions of myth and magic to create modern metaphors. Brian Attebery, author of two books on fantasy, discusses some of the reasons fantasy appeals to many children and increasing numbers of adults, and some of the reasons a few people are puzzled or disturbed by it. Professor Attebery spent the first half of 2019 in Scotland, as Leverhulme Visiting Professor of Fantasy at the University of Glasgow. His most recent projects include editing the set of new editions of the work of Ursula K. Le Guin for the Library of America and researching the relationship between dreaming and fantastic literature. He teaches science fiction and young adult literature, among other subjects at Idaho State University, and he is also editor of the interdisciplinary Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.