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16/02/2018 - 18:00 to 19:00
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£4.50

Wizards, Witches and Wicked Step-Mothers

Join cultural historian Gail-Nina Anderson for her latest talk.

In real life, a witch might just look like the old lady down the road, but in popular culture we need to know a baddie when we see one, so various visual clues have evolved to give us typical versions of those dangerous characters who dabble in the occult. It’s not that simple, however. Who depicts them, when and why? The villainess in a Disney cartoon or a fairy-tale illustration won’t look the same as she might in a 16thcentury woodcut or painting, not all wizards  have long white beards and there’s a surprisingly old tradition of depicting sexy witches flying off naked to the Sabbat. A culture that fears the supernatural will depict its practitioners very differently from one where they have become romanticised, re-interpreted as benign or made a joke of. This talk explores how visual traditions have grown up over centuries to give us a variety of stereotypes, from gorgeous Victorian enchantresses to Hogwarts academics, green-faced crones in pointy hats and eco-friendly hedge witches.

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