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W&L's Suzanne Keen Discusses the “Potter Effect” on WMRA's “Virginia Insight”

Suzanne Keen, the Thomas H. Broadus Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, discussed the impact of the Harry Potter series on today’s students during an appearance on NPR affiliate WMRA’s “Virginia Insight” show, on Monday, June 4.

Suzanne is the author of “Empathy and the Novel” (Oxford University Press) and specializes in contemporary British fiction. She believes that J.K. Rowling’s Potter novels have been instrumental in developing a different attitude toward reading for pleasure among today’s generation of college students. Earlier this year, she discussed the Potter phenomenon on the first episode of a new podcast called “Mugglenet Academia.”

“Virginia Insight,” hosted by Tom Graham, is a live call-in show. Listen to the archive below:


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