Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

School of English Research Seminar

Miranda Corcoran (UCC), Teen Witches and Uncanny Adolescence in Ray Bradbury’s The April Witch

This talk will explore the construction of a uniquely uncanny vision of female adolescence in Ray Bradbury’s short story “The April Witch.” Published in in a 1952 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, “The April Witch” is a key text in Bradbury’s Elliott Family mythos and centres around the psychic wanderings of a teenage witch named Cecy. Drawing on a host of medical and cultural discourses surrounding feminine psychology and biology, this talk will explore how within the horror genre and, indeed, in the popular imagination as a whole, teenage girls are frequently depicted as monstrous, uncanny, or otherworldly. In doing so, this talk will demonstrate how in “The April Witch” Bradbury both draws upon and reimagines many of the key tropes associated with adolescent femininity in the horror genre. Miranda Corcoran received her PhD in 2016 from University College Cork, where she currently teaches American literature. Her research interests include Cold-War literature, genre fiction, literature and psychology, and popular culture.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 3-4pm
Location: O'Rahilly Building 2.12
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Clíona Ó Gallchoir
021 4903288

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