First Advisor

Dr. Mark Bruhn

Second Advisor

Dr. J. Thomas Howe

Third Advisor

Dr. Catherine Kleier

Reader

Dr. Amanda Miller

College

Regis College

Degree Name

BS

Department (optional)

Neuroscience

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

67

Abstract

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

Spring 2019

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