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Capitalist horror of HARRY POTTER

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  • Stolzi
    ...from the New York Times, Harry Potter, Market Wiz a bizarrely amusing critique by a French academic of the Harry Potter books as a capitalist universe and
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 20, 2004
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      ...from the New York Times, Harry Potter, Market Wiz a bizarrely amusing critique by a French academic of the Harry Potter books as "a capitalist universe" and "an invasion of neoliberal stereotypes in a fairy tale".


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    • Stolzi
      sorry, let s try to restore the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/18/opinion/18YOCA.html?th ... From: Stolzi To: Mythopoeic Society Sent: Tuesday, July 20,
      Message 2 of 5 , Jul 20, 2004
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        sorry, let's try to restore the link:
        http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/18/opinion/18YOCA.html?th
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        From: Stolzi
        To: Mythopoeic Society
        Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2004 1:04 PM
        Subject: [mythsoc] Capitalist horror of HARRY POTTER


        ...from the New York Times, Harry Potter, Market Wiz a bizarrely amusing critique by a French academic of the Harry Potter books as "a capitalist universe" and "an invasion of neoliberal stereotypes in a fairy tale".






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      • byrdandcharley
        ... amusing critique by a French academic of the Harry Potter books as a capitalist universe and an invasion of neoliberal stereotypes in a fairy tale .
        Message 3 of 5 , Jul 21, 2004
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          --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, "Stolzi" <Stolzi@c...> wrote:
          > sorry, let's try to restore the link:
          > http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/18/opinion/18YOCA.html?th
          > ----- Original Message -----
          > From: Stolzi
          > To: Mythopoeic Society
          > Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2004 1:04 PM
          > Subject: [mythsoc] Capitalist horror of HARRY POTTER
          >
          >
          > ...from the New York Times, Harry Potter, Market Wiz a bizarrely
          amusing critique by a French academic of the Harry Potter books as "a
          capitalist universe" and "an invasion of neoliberal stereotypes in a
          fairy tale".



          Oookaaaayyyyy. Well, MY eyebrows are now trying meet up with my hair
          line. I'm wondering if the translation of Harry Potter in to French
          has some things that the English version doesn't. I don't recall any
          "multinational corporations" making wands or broomsticks. Mr.
          Olivander makes the wands for example including going out to get the
          unicorn hair or other cores.

          Could the writer be confused because there are wizard folk in many
          other countries? That hardly implies "Multinational corporations".

          or this bit:
          "Hogwarts, then, is not only a school, but also a market: subject to
          an incessant advertising onslaught, the students are never as happy as
          when they can spend their money in the boutiques near the school."

          advertising?!? Boutiques? The older students get to go into the
          village and get candy and gimcracks at little shops. Has the writer
          forgotten what it's like to be a child or teenager? They're having a
          break from the daily routine, why wouldn't they be happy?

          I could go on, but I have to do something. Maybe later I'll ponder
          the "Bloody Competition between the forces of Good and Evil"

          errgg.

          Byrd
        • Stolzi
          The Weasley twins ARE independent entrepreneurs doing their best to advertise their business! ;) As my source for the URL said, what s this about Cedric being
          Message 4 of 5 , Jul 21, 2004
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            The Weasley twins ARE independent entrepreneurs doing their best to advertise their business! ;)

            As my source for the URL said, what's this about Cedric being one of the "weakest"? To compete with Harry, he had to be precisely one of the =strongest=.

            My own eyebrows are currently climbing over Ken Macleod's THE CASSINI DIVISION. Rip-roaring sci-fi adventure, but in a future where Earth was liberated into Utopia, that is, anarcho-socialism, by rescuing "Sino-Soviet forces." Brrr

            Diamond Proudbrook


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          • darancgrissom@sbcglobal.net
            You know I ve been experiencing some of this type of anti capitalist media from France for awhile now. My favorie example had to do with an exhibit of Soviet
            Message 5 of 5 , Jul 21, 2004
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              You know I've been experiencing some of this type of anti capitalist media
              from France for awhile now. My favorie example had to do with an exhibit of
              Soviet era art work that was displayed both in Paris and New York. The
              article in the Times talked about the subtle ways in which the state
              sponsored artists protested Soviet Russia in the details of the paintings.
              Another article form a French newspaper a friend living in the UK sent me (I
              don't know which paper, the article was clipped rather severly and so may be
              one of the specifically social Paris papers) never mentioned the protests in
              the paintings but talked about the wonderful art that the Former Soviet
              Union had created with its state sponsored art programs. Fantasy has
              traditionally not found a friend in socialist states where the focus seems
              almost totally on socio economics. It dosen't do well in facist states
              either for the same reason. If your trying to sell fantasy, Monarchies and
              Republics are your best bet. Historically speaking. I cite America, The
              British Empire, the Roman Republic, and the Achean League.


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