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!
I just finished watching Robert Egger's The VVitch, and I loved it. It will be added to the syllabus; I think that it will open up many, many avenues of discussion while also tying together a lot of different pieces of the course. (For example, the witches in this film are portrayed as very primal, dark, … Continue reading Status Update #8
Remember my doubt and suspicion that "The VVitch" would not be a good fit for this course? Me too, and I take it all back. Now, what is interesting is that my first impression of the film was "huh, interesting but not fantastic." There are definitely things about the film that I think could be better, especially … Continue reading “The VVitch”: A Reaction
I am applying to present on this research at both my university's undergraduate research symposium and to the Southern Regional Honors Conference. The abstract below will be on both applications, and I feel that it summarizes this course much better than anything else I have written. Please note that rather than talking about fantasies, I am now … Continue reading Abstract!
While I still have a ways to go in terms of getting a course materials list together, I am at the point where my thoughts on what I actually want students to get out of this class are becoming clear. I think that in a week or two I will be able to start putting … Continue reading Words, Words, Words