A free digital conference with presentations by Magic and Esotericism research group members Sarah Scaife and Dorka Tamas:
In Panel 2: Fantasy & Imagination, introduced here:
Dorka Támas – Supernatural Vision in Sylvia Plath’s Bee Poems
Sarah Scaife – Dream as vision, dream as well
The whole conference is posted here:
A new publication by Magic and Esotericism Research Group member Dorka Tamás
This article discusses Sylvia Plath’s overlooked juvenilia poems and contextualizes them in postwar American culture. The fairy tales were significant cultural products during the 1950s, that also continue to define the culture today through Disney’s adaptations. Plath loved Grimms’ tales; several of her poems show direct engagement with tales. The first half of my article looks at Plath’s juvenilia poems and their reimagination of fairy-tale narratives. For Plath, the fairy tales functioned as a way to retell her life events. Whilst, the second part of my research uses a psychoanalytical approach to link “momism” in postwar America with the evil witch figure. By close-reading “The Disquieting Muses” poem, I demonstrate Plath’s engagement with the ambiguous mother whose food, similar to the witch in “Hansel and Gretel”, function to deceive the children.