ČOUPKOVÁ, Eva. “Are not witches always old and poor?” The theory and practice of witchcraft in Joanna Baillie’s Scottish play. In From Theory to Practice. Fourth International Conference on Anglophone Studies. UTB Zlín, September 5 - 6, 2012. 2012.
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Original name “Are not witches always old and poor?” The theory and practice of witchcraft in Joanna Baillie’s Scottish play.
Authors ČOUPKOVÁ, Eva.
Edition From Theory to Practice. Fourth International Conference on Anglophone Studies. UTB Zlín, September 5 - 6, 2012. 2012.
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Original language English
Type of outcome Conference abstract
Field of Study Literature, mass media, audio-visual activities
Country of publisher Czech Republic
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
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Organization unit Language Centre
Keywords in English witchcraft; stereotypes; power; rituals; women; revenge
Changed by Changed by: Mgr. Eva Čoupková, Ph.D., učo 25930. Changed: 18. 3. 2014 10:57.
Abstract
Joanna Baillie’s play Witchcraft was published in the third volume of her Miscellaneous Plays (1836). The action of the play revolves around a Scottish witchcraft trial before the repeal of the Witchcraft Act in 1736. It deals with false accusations of witchcraft in superstition-ridden Scotland. The play uses witchcraft as a device to explore the effects of collective hysteria and of the individual’s situation in relation to social and historical processes. Witchcraft is a term usually referring to human actions that are believed to influence human or natural events through supernatural power. There are a number of recurring elements of witchcraft, i.e. performance of rituals, symbolic significance of objects, typical condition of a witch, etc. Baillie shows all these common features of witchcraft in her play in order to demonstrate how old, destitute and desperate female characters seek power, love and revenge, creating mass hysteria and paranoia in their accusers and the whole community.
Abstract (in Czech)
Jedná se o příspěvek na mezinárodní konferenci, která se zaměřuje na anglofonní studia. Prezentace zazněla v sekci literatura. Příspěvěk zatím prošel první recenzí a připravuje se k publikaci.
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