Category Archives: Witchcraft

Gender Warriors is available

Gender Warriors: Reading Contemporary Urban Fantasy is available.  I am very proud of the work that Melissa Anyiwo and I did in this text, and our contributors did a phenomenal job with the text. Steve Anyiwo created another amazing piece of art for the cover.  9789004394087_pb_cover_cmyk.indd

This text is dedicated to the memory of our brilliant friend and fellow aca-superheroine Rho Nichol.  In so many ways, this book is informed by our conversations over the years about the genre and the gendered implications at the heart of its creation and reception.

You can check it out on Brill’s webpage, or you can buy it from Amazon.  The book is great for fun reading, but it’s also designed to teach. Please consider adapting it in your courses if you teach.

Gender and Witchcraft through the Ages

On Halloween (10/31/2017), I gave a talk: “Witches and Other Magical Creatures: Gender and Witchcraft through the Ages.” We covered a lot of ground but couldn’t cover it all.  I realized after the talk that I missed talking about Eve’s Bayou and the exploration of prophesy and magic that Kasi Lemmons creates in one of my favorite Southern Gothic Horror films.

Note there was an audience in the room.



Ankarloo, Brent and Stuart Clark, eds. Witchcraft and Magic in Europe (5 book series). 1999-2002.
Barstow, Anne Llewellyn. Witchcraze: A New History of the European Witch Hunts. 1994.
Chéroux, Clément, et al. The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult. 2005.
Karlsen, Carol F. The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England. 1987.
Magliocco, Sabina. Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America. 2004.
Myrone, Martin. Gothic Nightmares: Füseli, Blake, and the Romantic Imagination. 2006.
Petherbridge, Deanna. Witches & Wicked Bodies. 2013. (National Galleries of Scotland)
Russell, Jeffrey and Brooks Alexander. A History of Witchcraft: Sorcerers, Heretics, & Pagans. 2nd Ed. 2006.
Sollée, Kristen. Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive. 2017.
Starhawk, The Spirit Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, 20th Anniversary Edition, 1999.