Roff, R. A. (2020). Women and Power: Witchcraft in Anglo-American Music. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.14418/wes01.1.2342
This thesis examines the depiction of witches and witchcraft in the Anglo-American music. The first section gives historical context for witchcraft starting in medieval England, moving to the Early Modern English witch trials, and ending in the American colonies. The next section examines ballads from each of these eras with an eye toward how women, witchcraft, and power were perceived by those who sang these ballads. The third section gives historical context for the rise of Wicca in America in the sixties and seventies, and its adaption by feminist activists. The final section looks at music from twentieth century America and examines how the depiction of these witches is influenced by pre-Christian magical women, the Early Modern witch, and the rise of Wicca.