Date Approved

5-10-2007

Embargo Period

3-28-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Shontz, Marilyn

Subject(s)

Rowling, J. K.--Characters--Harry Potter; Young adult fiction in libraries

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop and test a method of Reader's Advisory based on archetypal character analysis in place of genre, author, or mood advisory. The study used J. K. Rowling's popular Harry Potter fiction series as a base for developing this strategy. After identifying four character archetypes in the Harry Potter series, the researcher consulted Bowker's Fiction Connection database to find other award winning young adult fiction that contained at least two of the archetypes identified in the Harry Potter series. Upon identifying ten novels that fit the criteria, the researcher read and analyzed each of the novels to see if they did, indeed, contain archetypes similar to ones found in the Rowling series. Of the ten young adult novels, eight were found to meet the established criteria.

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