Bell, Book and Camera:A Critical History of witches in American film and television
The witch as a cultural archetype has existed in some form since the beginning of recorded history. Her nature had changed through technological developments and sociocultural shifts—a transformation most evident in her depictions on screen.
Bell, Book, and Camera traces the figure of the witch through American cinematic history with an analysis of the entertainment industry’s shifting boundaries concerning expressions of femininity. Focusing on films and television series from The Wizard of Oz to The Craft, Heather looks at how the witch reflects alterations of gender roles, religion, the modern practice of witchcraft, and female agency.
What people are saying:
"Very well written, researched, categorized, and informative. It's as good as the best book ever - A Greater Journey by David McCollough." - B.G.
"Bell, Book and Camera is an excellent and enjoyable read, It is accessible for us who are not expert in film studies and a valuable, comprehensive resource for anyone exploring how film has constructed the modern witch as a cultural icon. Ms. Greene is a masterful and insightful guide through the topic.. I highly recommend the book." - P.U.
"In a well researched and written long overdo study of the witch’s place in American entertainment culture Ms. Greene takes us on a sweeping tour from the nascent film industry of the late 1800s to the full up cinematic powers of late 20th century Hollywood, defining the witch’s many character constructions and evolution ... It’s an important story of feminine self-determination and equality." - M.T.
Articles and Reviews
Book explores witches in film, TV from Oz to Sabrina - The Wild Hunt
Review: Bell, Book, and Camera - For Puck's Sake
Marietta author chronicles history of witches in TV and film - Atlanta Journal-Constitution