Witchcraft and Adolescence in American Popular Culture

Teen Witches

Author(s): Miranda Corcoran

Language: English

Genre(s): Media Film and Theatre Literary Criticism

Series: Horror Studies

  • June 2022 · 256pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Paperback - 9781786838926
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786838940
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786838933

About The Book

In the decades since the Second World War, the teenage witch has emerged as a major American cultural trope. Appearing in films, novels, comics and on television, adolescent witches have long reflected shifting societal attitudes towards the teenage demographic. At the same time, teen witches have also served as a means through which adolescent femininity can be conceptualised, interrogated and reimagined. Drawing on a wide theoretical framework – including the works of Deleuze and Foucault as well as recent new materialist philosophies – this book explores how the adolescent witch has evolved over the course of more than seventy years. Moving from the birth of the bobby soxer in the 1940s through to twenty-first-century teenage engagements with fourth-wave feminism, this book treats a range of themes including embodiment, agency, identity, violence and sexuality.

Contents

List of Abbreviations of Frequently Referenced Texts
Introduction
Chapter 1: Towards a Teratology of the Teenage Witch
Chapter 2
‘Bitch Witches’: Marion Starkey and the Birth of the Post-War Teenage Witch
Chapter 3
‘Leave Something Witchy’: Identity Formation and Perverse Readers in the Long 1960s
Chapter 4
Makeover Narratives and Glamourous Transformations: The Postfeminist Teen Witch
Chapter 5
‘How could there not be a choice? Free will?’: Agency and Choice in Teen Witch Texts of the Fourth Wave
Index

About the Author(s)

Miranda Corcoran

Miranda Corcoran is a lecturer in the Department of English, University College Cork, Ireland, where she teaches courses on contemporary literature, adaptation, science fiction and witchcraft.

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