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“A Jinx is Feared . . . Knowledge Must Be Paid For”: The Configuration of the Ageing Woman as Crone and Witch in A. S. Byatt’s “The Dried Witch”

Alexandra Cheira
p. 57-72

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Cet article examine la figuration de la femme comme sorcière dans “The Dried Witch”, nouvelle d’A. S. Byatt. Il étudie également la manière dont Byatt problématise de manière créative le lien historique entre la vieillesse et le fait de devenir une sorcière au travers de l’analyse de la figure archétypale de la Vieille Femme. Enfin, il explore les façons dont Byatt aborde la critique féministe de la conception masculine de la femme comme sorcière dans la construction de la protagoniste de sa nouvelle.

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Auteurs étudiés :

Antonia Susan Byatt
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Ce document sera publié en ligne en texte intégral en juin 2023.

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Critical Appraisals of Female Ageing in “The Dried Witch”
Byatt’s Examination of the Cultural Construction of Woman as a Crone in “The Dried Witch”
On the History and Stories of the Ageing Woman as a Witch
Conclusion: A-Oa as both Crone and Witch

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The particular female figuration of the ageing woman as a witch and/or a crone is not new in A. S. Byatt’s short fiction. While discussing the genesis of “The Dried Witch” in a 1993 interview with Jean-Louis Chevalier, Byatt made a significant remark regarding this association:

But it was towards the end of my days in the department of English in University College, London, and several women there were agreeing that we had all observed that women, once they got over the age of 45, began to be persecuted by groups of people, and, obviously if you want to write a story about that, you do better to choose a metaphor a long way away, the life of a Chinese lady, or possibly a Burmese lady, or possibly an Indian lady in a village seemed quite a good metaphor. So it was partly a story about the persecution of postmenopausal women, and the strange, somehow, became a metaphor in that case for both things, for my response to Shen Tsunh Wen. (Byatt, “Entretien” 14)

Byatt’s critics tend to agree ...

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Alexandra Cheira, « “A Jinx is Feared . . . Knowledge Must Be Paid For”: The Configuration of the Ageing Woman as Crone and Witch in A. S. Byatt’s “The Dried Witch” »Journal of the Short Story in English, 76 | 2021, 57-72.

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Alexandra Cheira, « “A Jinx is Feared . . . Knowledge Must Be Paid For”: The Configuration of the Ageing Woman as Crone and Witch in A. S. Byatt’s “The Dried Witch” »Journal of the Short Story in English [En ligne], 76 | Spring 2021, mis en ligne le 01 juin 2023, consulté le 06 décembre 2022. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/jsse/3479

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Alexandra Cheira

Alexandra Cheira is a researcher at ULICES (University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies, Portugal). Her current areas of research include contemporary women’s writing, women’s studies and, particularly, gender issues and wonder tales in A. S. Byatt’s fiction. She has published articles and book chapters on Byatt’s fiction, The One Thousand and One Nights, the conteuses, Victorian women writers and contemporary gendered sexual politics. She is the editor of (Re)Presenting Magic, (Un)Doing Evil: Of Human Inner Light and Darkness (Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2012). She translated Byatt’s “Cold” into Portuguese and wrote an introduction to the tale for Contar um Conto/ Storytelling (eds. Ana Raquel Fernandes and Mário Semião, Textos Chimaera, 2014), an anthology of short fiction by contemporary British and Irish authors in translation.

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