UW-Stevens Point faculty expert discusses witchcraft and witch hunts in literature

​Rebecca Stephens


From Shakespeare's "Macbeth" to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, witchcraft has been a popular motif in literature. Why are witches such enduring figures? Learn more at a free lecture offered by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

"Witchcraft and Witch Hunts in Literature" will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, presented by Rebecca Stephens, professor in the Department of English. Held in the Pinery Room of the Portage County Public Library, 1001 Main St., Stevens Point, this is the fourth talk in the eight-part College of Letters and Science 2017-2018 Community Lecture Series. The public may attend free of charge.

"One explanation explored in this discussion is the connection between depictions of witchcraft and the social fears of the cultures that surround a selection of literary texts," Stephens said.

Stephens earned her Ph.D. from Washington State University after receiving bachelor's and masters' degrees from Western Michigan University. Her research interests are in drama, television, nationalism and cultural studies. Stephens is also director of the Freshman English program.

For more information on the Community Lecture Series, visit www.uwsp.edu/cols/lectureseries or email stappa@uwsp.edu.

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