In Defence of Witches: a rousing feminist argument

Book review: French feminist urges modern women to consider the term ‘witch’

The characterisation of witches as hags, sorcerers, temptresses, child murderers, evil incarnate  is the focus of the Swiss-French feminist Mona Chollet’s (above) In Defence of Witches

The characterisation of witches as hags, sorcerers, temptresses, child murderers, evil incarnate is the focus of the Swiss-French feminist Mona Chollet’s (above) In Defence of Witches

What do Walt Disney, William Shakespeare and Roald Dahl have in common? Aside from the fact that they’re men, or perhaps because of this, they have all created at least one enduring evil witch character.

The Evil Queen, who transforms herself into the Wicked Witch (or Old Hag, take your pick) in Disney’s Snow White, the three witches in Macbeth, and the Grand High Witch as the arch-villain of Dahl’s eternally terrifying The Witches. This last witch was memorably brought to life by Anjelica Huston in a 1990 film adaption. With sleek black hair, pale make-up and ferociously sensitive nostrils, she epitomised a femme fatale figure, whose evil ways lay just beneath the shellacked surface.

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