The Witching Hour
Contemporary Feminist Representations of Witchcraft and the Witch in Suspiria and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
The witch has become an all-encompassing metaphor for a wide range of theoretical perspectives and interpretations. In this thesis, I want to emphasize how the creative teams that worked on Suspiria and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina work with the body of the witch as well as how both cinematic pieces work with the trope of the Mother, the Maiden, and the Crone, an archetype popularized by Wiccan theology but also used in Celtic and Hellenic mythology, while simultaneously focusing on how the aforementioned theories work together to make the body and idea of the witch a patriarchal, theoretical, and socio-political nightmare. While both works stem from different cinematic and narrative traditions – one teen horror and the other art house – they both examine complex relationships between symbolic meaning and pre-linguistic, or semiotic, spaces.
Faculty Mentor: Jillian Skeffington
Department: English (Honours)