Dr. Mark Bruhn
Dr. J. Thomas Howe
Dr. Catherine Kleier
Dr. Amanda Miller
Thesis - Open Access
Number of Pages
In this thesis, I examined the literariness of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (GF), calling upon research from the field of cognitive literary studies. Cognitive literary studies is a field in academia that merges scholarship from literary studies and psychology, and one of the main goals of this field is to investigate the impact that literature has on the cognitive and emotional development of the reader. A large portion of my thesis project included a close-reading analysis of the chapter “Flesh, Blood, and Bone,” as my goal was to hypothesize whether GF can be classified as literary or popular fiction. Using criteria from recent research as a template, I analyzed many literary elements of this chapter including metaphors, rhymes, font style, and grammatical style. From my analysis, I hypothesized that GF can be classified as moderately literary fiction due to its style, form, and cognitive and emotional impact on the reader. The findings from this project suggest that GF increases the empathy of the reader due to its literary style. Additionally, works of literary fiction such as GF help readers develop empathy, so these works should be encouraged instead of banned in classroom and home settings.
Date of Award
Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)
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Horning, Elise, "Accio Empathy: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire through the Lens of Cognitive Literary Studies" (2019). Regis University Student Publications (comprehensive collection). 910.