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The Witch’s Generic, Literary and Filmic Background

Brandon Grafius and Brandon Grafius

in The Witch

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348356
eISBN:
9781800850989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

After a brief overview of theories of genre, the chapter argues that The Witch can best be understood as participating in the folk horror genre. While folk horror is most often associated with ... More


The Witch

Brandon Grafius

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348356
eISBN:
9781800850989
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The book offers an overview of the religious history, generic background, and folklore influences on Robert Eggers’ film The Witch (2015). In addition, it provides close readings of the film and the ... More


Conclusion

Brandon Grafius

in The Witch

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348356
eISBN:
9781800850989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter offers a brief summary of the book’s findings on The Witch. It provides an overview of The Witch’s growing influence on 21st century folk horror, as well as reflections on the ... More


Folkloric Elements in The Witch

Brandon Grafius and Brandon Grafius

in The Witch

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348356
eISBN:
9781800850989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the aspects of folklore employed by The Witch (2015), including its depiction of Satan and witchcraft. The chapter identifies particular sources that resonate with the film, ... More


The Puritan Religion of New England

Brandon Grafius and Brandon Grafius

in The Witch

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348356
eISBN:
9781800850989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Beginning with an overview of the Reformation, the chapter places the religious beliefs of the family portrayed in The Witch in historical context. The chapter provides the necessary background for ... More


Characters and Family Dynamics

Brandon Grafius and Brandon Grafius

in The Witch

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348356
eISBN:
9781800850989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter treats the characters of The Witch (2015) individually, exploring how each of them reveals their personal hopes and anxieties, then discusses how these individual character arcs combine ... More


Introduction

Brandon Grafius and Brandon Grafius

in The Witch

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348356
eISBN:
9781800850989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

A brief overview of the film, the career of writer-director Robert Eggers, and the production history of the film.


Readings

Brandon Grafius

in The Witch

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800348356
eISBN:
9781800850989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800348356.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Starting with an exploration of the title, the chapter brings together the background work and character discussion to offer a reading of the film as a whole. Through an exploration of Thomasin’s ... More


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