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Saturday, August 2 • 9:00am - 9:40am
The Potter and the Pilgrim: Alchemical Parallelism by Chaucer and Rowling

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Geoffrey Chaucer and J.K. Rowling have something in common: both of these authors rely strongly on alchemical imagery to construct their plots and establish their thematic elements. This panel will explore the symbols of alchemy used in Fragment VIII of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale and the Second Nun’s Tale utilize parallel alchemical structures that suggest a motif of spiritual superiority over the materialistic physical realm. This structure will be likened to the overarching alchemical architecture of the Hogwarts Saga, displaying how Rowling, as a modern author, harnessed the literary strategy of the Father of English Literature.


Carol Eshleman

Archbishop Rummel High School
Past Speaking includes: on Potter - Ascendio, St. Andrews University in Scotland, University of North Alabama, UNC Charlotte; on Chaucer - UNC Chapel Hill. Has had guest posts on the Hogwarts Professor blog. Received Master's Degree in English with concentrations in Teaching and British... Read More →

Saturday August 2, 2014 9:00am - 9:40am EDT