The witch - a figure drawn into the present from real and imagined pasts - is a remarkably widespread motif in literature for young readers. Books in which a major character is identified as a "witch," of one kind or another, range from picture books through to young adult fiction. This chapter examines the schemata for witches as they appear in children's literature of the past dozen years or so, beginning with some speculations about what needs and desires in contemporary Western society might be met by the witch and hence produce so many witch-figures.
|Title of host publication||The Presence of the past in children's literature|
|Editors||Ann Lawson Lucas|
|Place of Publication||Westport, Conn.|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
|Name||Contributions fo the Study of World Literature|