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 recently received an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. She is at work on a collection of essays on her parents’ lives and deaths. Her personal and critical essays have been published in LitHub, Guernica, Public Books, The Hairpin, The Toast, Saveur, The Grief Diaries, Cleaver Magazine, and elsewhere. She teaches first-year writing at Columbia and Baruch College.
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I go to Japan, pulled like a magnet, to see what is mine, undiscovered or forgotten; to see what will never be mine; and to find some way to reconcile the two.