Event Title

Fictional Witches throughout Time

Location

215 Main Hall

Start Date

29-4-2016 10:30 AM

End Date

29-4-2016 10:55 AM

Description

Belief in the existence of witches has been a prominent part of Western culture for millennia; stereotypes about witches still exist in twenty-first-century America as witches star in books, television series, and movies. Over time, witches have lost their potency as a supernatural threat and been relegated to the benign realm of imagination. We will analyze ten witches from past periods – the Renaissance, Enlightenment, Gothic, and Romantic eras – additionally from modern culture – Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Hermione from Harry Potter (1997-2007) and Elsa from Frozen (2013) – to understand the transformation the stereotype of the witch has undergone. This analysis will suggest why witches possess certain attributes in modern culture and why such attributes are significant to understanding the portrayal of witches. This research is significant because stereotypes about witches influence children and social norms.

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Alexis Jones is majoring in applied communication. This is her senior year and she will be graduating in May. She will be pursuing a career concerning visual communication design.

Jenn Sveda is a history major at Kent State Stark, she is in her second year as a sophomore and is a honors student. Jenn has an interest in gender studies and enjoys reading.

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Apr 29th, 10:30 AM Apr 29th, 10:55 AM

Fictional Witches throughout Time

215 Main Hall

Belief in the existence of witches has been a prominent part of Western culture for millennia; stereotypes about witches still exist in twenty-first-century America as witches star in books, television series, and movies. Over time, witches have lost their potency as a supernatural threat and been relegated to the benign realm of imagination. We will analyze ten witches from past periods – the Renaissance, Enlightenment, Gothic, and Romantic eras – additionally from modern culture – Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Hermione from Harry Potter (1997-2007) and Elsa from Frozen (2013) – to understand the transformation the stereotype of the witch has undergone. This analysis will suggest why witches possess certain attributes in modern culture and why such attributes are significant to understanding the portrayal of witches. This research is significant because stereotypes about witches influence children and social norms.