112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Magic and Witchcraft I

Session Chair: 
Logan Greene, Eastern Washington University
Session 4: Friday 3:45-5:15pm
RCC Raincross E


  1. Matthew McGraw, Lincoln University
    This paper shall examine the depiction of magic and of elemental spirits, particularly those of earth and air, in the Liber Iuratus Honorii and will draw parallels between the LIH, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Sir Orfeo.
  2. Brittany Renard, "University of California, Riverside"
    Using queer theory within the historical context of early modern witchcraft beliefs, I argue that Dekker, Ford, and Rowley’s The Witch of Edmonton questions the nature of magic users’ desires.  As Dog rubs, tickles, and sucks on Elizabeth, Frank, and Cuddy, bestiality, homoeroticism, Satanism, and bigamy—all parts of the play’s narrative—become visibly and thematically central to the play, illustrating magic to be based in not only magical but also queer desires.
  3. Katharine Henry, California State University, Los Angeles
    The significance of Lady Macbeth’s role in Macbeth, a significant expansion from the original Holinshed’s Chronicles, is larded with political purpose. In that role, her transformation from center stage decisive and bloodthirsty villain to shadowy sleepwalking madwoman underlines a consistent partnership with Macbeth in which she adapts as the stage necessitates into political ally, wife, queen, and witch to accommodate their shared goal of power.  
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