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Broom, broom

Leslie Wilson

2 December 1993
The Virago Book of Witches 
edited by Shahrukh Husain.
Virago, 244 pp., £14.99, October 1993, 1 85381 562 4
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... witch stories – ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘Rapunzel’, ‘Snow White’. The Grimms’ ‘Hansel and Gretel’ is not included in the Virago collection, but it contains a vital element which ShahrukhHusain doesn’t fully discuss in her introduction, an element which is not in the least muted by the brother’s sanitisation – the witch as bad mother. (The crudest form of this belief is still ...

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