Racism in Harry Potter IV
tweaver at imbolc.ucc.ie
Thu Jul 13 05:57:24 EDT 2000
+ I have to say, though, that racism of preceisely this type is absolutely in
+ the British school story tradition.
Yes, it is in the tradition. We were recently regaled with how much books
for children changed in the 70s - I thought we were past that sort of lazy
rabble-rousing. I wouldn't want Bunter changed (upgraded?), and my argument
for keeping racist Doolittle unchanged as well is that it is part of our rich
socio-literary heritage - absolute ineffable literary merit or no.
I happen to doubt the existence of the ineffable style.
"snobbism"? I'd swear Orwell doesn't use that word. I like the revelation
from his letters: oh, no, I was wrong about the author being a group, what
other hypotheses will fall? The terror of the critic.
In Rowling, there is evidence of a progression beyond the clean-limbed English
paragon, although since the English aren't in the match we are forced to support
our close neighbours the Irish.
+ (I haven't had the pleasure of reading The Goblet of Fire yet, and likely
+ won't for a year or so. I'm mean, and read Rowlings out of the library.)
What you need is a nephew |-)
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