Exciting news for Mythgard Institute students: Amy H. Sturgis has just come aboard for the Spring 2012 semester. Dr. Sturgis – a noted scholar of both fantasy and science fiction – is excited about delving into the world of Harry Potter as she steps into the role of lead instructor for “Taking Harry Seriously: The Artistry and Meanings of the Harry Potter Saga.” Sturgis had this to say about the new directions and enhancements she will be bringing to the course:
In this course we will discuss the ancestors to the Harry Potter phenomenon, examine the specific works and traditions that inform the Harry Potter universe, study the Harry Potter texts in depth, and, perhaps most importantly, consider why the Harry Potter franchise has achieved unparalleled global popularity today. In the process, we will take both a theoretical and historical approach to popular culture in general and J.K. Rowling’s works in particular. Wizards, witches, squibs, and muggles are welcome as we get to the very heart of Harry Potter.
If you are curious about the Spring 2012 course, you can review the outline which should be online in just a few short days – with a syllabus and booklist following soon. You can also learn more about Amy H. Sturgis and her Harry Potter colleague, Travis Prinzi on the Our Faculty page.