Rewriting Witches: Evaluating the Renditions of Circe and Sabrina

The Halloween witching season has come but not gone because apparently—it is here to stay. Over the past few years, witches have been claiming more space in social conversations and creative productions. In the literary and cinematic spheres, witches are either sparking new stories, embodying good or evil, or both at once (the best kind), and demanding fresh takes on old tales.

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More than Reckless Teenagers: In Defense of Romeo & Juliet’s Love

By Caitlin Smith Thousands of high school students in English classrooms across the world read, under-analyze, and hate Romeo & Juliet each year. Why is what’s arguably become Shakespeare’s most recognizable tragedy met with such vitriol from students? Can they not relate to the teenage angst exhibited by the titular characters? Is the language too…

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Tracking Witches from the Forest to the Home: Bewitched and the Fairy Tales Grimm

Written by Carolina Eleni Theodoropoulos The realm of magic was always governed by women. Women are nymphs, they are jealous goddesses; they are lustful and vengeful monsters like Medusa, and dangerous women yielding destructive power like Pandora. In fairy tales they are witches, they are crones, they are evil stepmothers and hags. The norm in…

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Intergenerational Violence in The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Written by Brandi Carnes Racial oppression causes a disruption of motherhood, often resulting in an interruption of girlhood. Matriarchs of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye adopt poor mothering tools that they themselves learned within the household, and often pass those behaviors down to their daughters. Claudia reveals her internalized racism using the intergenerational violence she learned in the home.…

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