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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 816: Witches in Literature and in Fine Art: 16th-21st Centuries

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Siegrid Schmidt, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Salzburg
Moderator/Chair:Ursula Bieber, Institut für Slawistik, Universität Salzburg
Paper 816-aWitches in the Late Medieval Age in Fine Art
(Language: English)
Irma Trattner, Kunst-, Musik- und Tanzwissenschaft, Universität Salzburg
Paper 816-bWitches on the Stage: Opera and Musical
(Language: English)
Siegrid Schmidt, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Salzburg
Paper 816-cHangman Mydlar and the Witches in the Novel Hangman Mydlar on Duty of the Emperor by Karel Storkan
(Language: English)
Agáta Dinzl-Rybárová, Univerzity Karlovy, Prague

Magic and witchcraft in history are very dark chapters in most cases. Although they seem to be very inspiring for fine art and literature, less for music, over the centuries: From the illustrations of medieval manuscripts and early prints to modern pop art, from magic men and women in medieval literature to modern novels, that present 'new witches' on the one hand and that tell stories of the dangerous lives of healing women in the late Middle Ages on the other hand.
The papers of this session want to elaborate from different points of views, different parts of culture and different nationalities, which concepts of witchcraft and magic are creatively produced and discussed in these cultural works. Moreover it will be pointed out which actual cultural, social, and human aspects or problems could be focused by a historical (late medieval) topic.
The speakers will present their papers on the theoretical and methodical background of the history of motifs, of gender studies and historical-critical reading. The examples will show and prove that these approaches work and that they can be connected to a complex frame for the phenomenon 'witchcraft'.