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Lights, Camera, Witchcraft

A Critical History of Witches in American Film and Television

No industry has been as influential at shaping the popular notion of what it means to be a witch quite as much as Hollywood. This book traces the fascinating history of witchcraft and witches in American film and television. From Joan the Woman and The Wizard of Oz to Carrie and Charmed, author and film scholar Heather Greene explores how these films helped influence the public image of the witch and profoundly influenced how women negotiate their power in a patriarchal society. Lights, Camera, Witchcraft uncovers fascinating insights into the intersection of entertainment, critical theory, gender studies, and spirituality.

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"Witches and witchcraft have long been enduring themes in the film and television of the United States. Here, Heather Greene offers a thorough and well-written historical overview of the subject. Greene contextualises these depictions amid broader social developments, including the Satanic Panic and the emergence of new religions like Wicca and LaVeyan Satanism whose practitioners called themselves 'witches.'"—Dr. Ethan Doyle White, author of Wicca: History, Belief, and Community in Modern Pagan Witchcraft and coeditor of Magic and Witchery in the Modern West

"Heather Greene has conjured a comprehensive compendium of witch films from the very earliest silent reels right up to the present. I teach a course on witch films yet I found new treasures to dig up. This is an invaluable handbook which follows themes threading through the whole history of movies."—Dr. K.A. Laity, author and tenured professor of medieval literature, film, gender studies, digital humanities, and popular culture

"This book is a must read for anyone interested in U.S. history, film studies, anthropology, psychology, literature, folklore, practicing witches, and for people who like movies. It is a meticulously researched and scholarly, yet highly readable, humorous, and entertaining analysis of the role of the figure of the witch in American culture through the medium of film and television."—Candace C. Kant, PhD, academic dean of Cherry Hill Seminary

"Heather Greene's comprehensive and lively survey of witches in U.S. film and television deftly digs into the inherent tension within this fascinating recurring figure—one that can offer thrilling spectacle and feminist liberation while contending with the forces of folklore and Hollywood patriarchy."—Dr. Jonathan Lupo, Associate Professor of Communication, English Department, Saint Anselm College (Manchester, NH)

"Witches are the curious stuff of dual dimensions: real-world religious practitioners, and horror and fantasy characters of the entertainment industry. These expressions often overlap, and then inform each other, at least in the assumptions of many genre consumers. In this volume Heather Greene provides a helpful discussion of this phenomenon that is both entertaining and informative."—John W. Morehead, creator of www.TheoFantastique.com and coeditor of The Journal of Gods and Monsters

"Heather Greene talks of revenge and redemption in an artful socio-cultural exploration of the cinematic texts we have known all our lives. Light, Camera, Witchcraft is a comprehensive look at some of the rarer and more revealing Witch tropes on film. The book discusses racism, female agency, and more, while artfully depicting film's obsession with the Witch in all its wild and wonderful glory. I loved it."—Lilith Dorsey, author Water Magic and Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens

"My mother was inspired by gorgeous Veronica Lake in I Married a Witch, I looked to Samantha (or, better, Eudora) and my daughter had Sabrina, Buffy, and The Craft. Every age gets a media interpretation of what it is to wear the Hat and carry the Broom. Heather Greene's beautiful compendium of TV and movie witches is a rich source of information on the times in the US and the witch figures that embody the zeitgeist of each."—H. Byron Ballard, author of Roots, Branches & Spirits

"American cinema has greatly impacted how both the public sees Witchcraft and how Witches see themselves. That fascinating history has never been told before now. This book is a 'must read' for anyone interested in the history of Modern Witchcraft."—Jason Mankey, author of Transformative Witchcraft

PRODUCT DETAILS:
ISBN-13: 9780738768533
Imprint: Llewellyn
Pub Date: October 2021
Product Type: Trade Paperback
Page Count: 480 pages
Size: 7 x 10 IN
Case Quantity: 14
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