Kay Turner


This article reports on the workshop “Performing Witches” presented at the 2017 conference “Thinking with Stories in Times of Crisis” in Detroit. In recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 African American uprising in Detroit, the author, who grew up there, used the workshop format to reflect with fairy-tale studies colleagues on her upbringing during those turbulent times. Our brief time together explored the author’s personal experience of race, gender, and sexuality issues by using the lens of fairy-tale plots and motifs, especially that of the witch, the hero, and the curious girl, to open further the discourse between history, story, and memory. Ideas flowing from the workshop are further explored and expanded here, including revisionist thinking about ATU 334 (Household of the Witch).