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Monday, July 12, 2004

DECONSTRUCTING MAGIC 

An instructor from a French teachers training institute (doesn't that image give you the shudders) has read the tea leaves (a.k.a. the blockbuster Harry Potter series):
Capitalism is now trying to shape, after its own taste, not only the real world, but the imaginary world of its consumer-citizens.
The world of Harry Potter, he is reported to opine, "glorifies individualism, excessive competition and a cult of violence."

But fear not, Le Monde printed a rebuttal; instead Harry Potter can actually be read as a "ferocious critique of consumer society and the world of free enterprise." Harry is "the first hero of the anti-global Seattle generation."

It's good to know that denizens of the birthplace of Derrida still know how to brawl. The sniffs caused by the fact that many of Harry's enemies, including his arch-nemesis Voldemort, bear French monikers are especially enlightening.

(Credit: political theory daily review)

UPDATE: The New York Times runs a translation of the original diatribe. (Credit: An Inclination to Criticize)

1 Comments:

Impressesed.

By Anonymous Erasmo Donnellan, at 7:47 AM  

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