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The Witch is Back: Witches in the Age of #MeToo (Cork Lifelong Learning Festival

The talk will include a general history of witches in literature and film, and a discussion the popular resonance of the witch in modern culture.

Witches have always been key figures in literature and culture. From fairy tales and children’s stories to Halloween costumes and horror movies, witches have haunted the popular imagination for centuries. In recent years, however, the witch has made a spectacular and unprecedented impact on popular culture. In Robert Eggers’ 2015 film The Witch, an adolescent sorceress becomes a symbol of feminist rebellion, while in the 2018 Netflix series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, witchcraft becomes a means of exploring complex issues of autonomy and consent. Moving into the real world, groups of modern-day witches and political activists have made headlines by publicly hexing controversial figures like Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump. Drawing on this recent popular resurgence of the witch figure, this talk explores representations of witchcraft in contemporary culture and asks why, in the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp, have witches been reclaimed as feminist icons and avatars of resistance. The talk will include a general history of witches in literature and film, and a discussion the popular resonance of the witch in modern culture.



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Time: 6 pm - 7 pm
Location: West Wing 9
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Miranda Corcoran
0877838891
http://First Floor, O'Rahilly Building

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