The Threat Within: Harry Potter and the Cultural Baggage of Orphan Stories
“Unlike most popular orphan characters, I wasn’t too young to remember my parents.”
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Sorcerer’s Stone—Sorcerer’s Stone
James and the Giant Peach
Wuthering Heights. The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnJane Eyre
Orphan Texts: Victorian Orphans, Culture and Empire,
Sorcerer’s StoneSorcerer’s Stone
her eyes are just like mine,
Kristen Martin is currently working on book of essays meditating on our culture's relationship with grief, life, and death. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Literary Hub, The Cut, Hazlitt, BOMB, Real Life, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. Currently, she consults with writers at the Columbia University Writing Center and teaches writing at NYU.
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