Arunita Samaddar

M.Phil. Research Scholar

Jadavpur University




The distinction between the different kinds of spaces is important when it comes to witchcraft. Indeed, the relationship of witchcraft and space is somewhat inextricable, even though, in most readings, the analytical aspect of space is vastly ignored. Witches wear pointed hats, and fly in the outskirts of the proper city. The fairy tales involving a wicked witch and a princess was marked by the difference of location: the comforts of the castle or the confinement in a lonely tower or the wild forests. In this paper I, have attempted to show how space can act in the socio-political constructs of the witch figure, sometimes with motives that are drastically different from any supernatural influence.

Heterotopia and the Myth of the Witch