Project title: The Caulfield Effect: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Adult Identification in Young Adult Literature
Mentor: Scott Proudfit
This semester I accomplished a lot both for my individual chapter on Harry Potter and for my overall chapter. This semester I hired a statistics assistant to help me analyze the survey I conducted in the fall about Harry Potter, and she found some interesting correlations between fans of Harry Potter and people who believe that their being a fan influences their identities. I also conducted four very informational interviews with adult Harry Potter fans, which helped me understand the deeper parts of fan identities and how they relate to Harry Potter fandom. After compiling all of this research together, and reading a good amount of scholarly articles on Harry Potter and fandom, I wrote my chapter on Harry Potter and adult fans of young adult literature.
For my overall project, I presented my big findings at Life@Elon and at SURF day. These were big presentations for me because I got to see the reaction that people had to what I found out about adult interest and identification in young adult literature. I am also putting together a comprehensive introduction right now that will weave together all three big chapters and present my general findings for all that I have done so that I can more easily present this research to graduate schools and whoever my be interested in reading it.
Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
Spence Pavilion 111
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703
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