Project title: The Caulfield Effect: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Adult Identification in Young Adult Literature
Mentor: Scott Proudfit
This semester served as the initial look into the wealth of information on Harry Potter and fandom. Most of the semester consisted gathering resources and reading, first of the primary source, the Harry Potter series, and second of scholarly research about fandom and fantasy fandom. As I researched deeper into this topic I was fascinated, and a bit overwhelmed, by the amount of information there is on fandom and how it relates to Harry Potter, which is why the semester served primarily as my initial look into the subject. This semester I also took part in a course offered at Elon on young adult literature. This course provided me with a broader perspective on young adult literature, how it has developed, where it is now, and how it will grow. Then, near the end of the semester I began to organize all of this information and started writing the second section of my thesis, which focuses on adult interest in relation to fandom, and in particular Harry Potter fandom.
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