Hello all! I know it has been a while since I updated, so let me catch everyone up. Towards the end of the semester, I completed my goal of creating an annotated syllabus. The syllabus included a course description, university policies, a grading system, a grade breakdown, a full list of all assignments with descriptions, … Continue reading Summer Update!
The next set of posts will be very much like those for Diane Purkiss' book, The Witch in History. Witches & Neighbors is a collection of essays written by Robin Briggs that explores the social and cultural context in early modern Europe that contributed to "witch craze". Much like Purkiss, Briggs asserts that any witches of the time … Continue reading Briggs Part I
It's been a while since I've written up a formal status report, but I do hope that the other posts have kept you well informed of what my work the past few weeks. I finished reading through the essays in Witches & Neighbors by Robin Briggs, and posts detailing those will be up later this week. … Continue reading Status Update #9
Excerpt from "The witch on the margins of 'race', Sycorax and others: "The witch is always located on the edges, at the margins. The village witch works through thresholds, doorways, liminal states. She attacks in such spaces, or in debatable open country or forests. Though she may be part of social networks and interactions, she … Continue reading Diane Purkiss Part III
Essay #2: The house, the body, the child In this essay, Purkiss argues for the inclusion of women's depositions and statements when looking at witches even though they may not be wholly authentic as there is room for contamination. (Men would often dictate the statements as early modern women would not have been as able to … Continue reading Diana Purkiss Part II
This weekend I finally finished sifting through Diane Purkiss' book of essays The Witch in History. While she covers several different themes in her essays, the ones that are most pertinent to this class are the ones that center on how various groups have appropriated the witch figure to construct their own identities and how the … Continue reading Diane Purkiss Part I
Hello all! Recently some new literary readings have come to light that I am considering for the class. This post will detail the readings I have left that I wish to look at and why. (I may not get through all of them and will prioritize the ones I feel will help the class the … Continue reading New Material
*Disclaimer: I'm writing this up without my notes because I forgot them but decided that I had procrastinated enough on this post. I will go back and edit it. Conjure Wife, by Fritz Leiber, is at the heart a story about awakening and love all wrapped up in the idea that all women are witches. Really, … Continue reading Conjure Wife
The VVitch, directed and conceived by Robert Eggers, tells the story of a Puritan family banished from the main plantation. It concentrates on their struggles to live solely on their own resources and faith far outside the rest of civilization. However, dark forces that originate plague them with doubt and fear. First Samuel, the baby, is … Continue reading “The VVitch”: An Analysis
I HAVE BIG NEWS! EXCITING NEWS! I reached out to Cullen Bunn, author of Harrow County, for some extra insight into the inspiration for his work and he responded! I AM SUPER EXCITED AND HONORED!