09-02 “All good predictions rhyme”: Making and Escaping Family in Adaptations of The Witcher

Saturday, November 04, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm

This live event will not be recorded.

Chair: Jeana S. Jorgensen (Butler University)

2:30 pm
Child of Destiny, Child of Surprise: Remaking Family through Fairy Tale in The Witcher
Linda J. Lee (University of Pennsylvania)

3:00 pm
Deviant Disabilities: Deformity, Fertility, and Monsters in The Witcher
Jeana S. Jorgensen (Butler University)

3:30 pm
“The Family It Never Knew, in the House It Never Could Call Home”: Domestic Violence and The Botchling of The Witcher 3
Jennifer Loring (Union Institute and University)

4:00 pm
optional discussion time

The popular book, gaming, and TV series The Witcher adapts East European folklore in a fantastical medieval setting, captivating many audiences. These papers examine how this series reworks both folk narrative and non-narrative genres in ways that function to comment on traditional gender, family, and home structures. Women’s reproductive roles are especially highlighted here: women who would trade away their unborn children or condemn them to death and women who would undergo magical sterilization in order to shed disabled features and become beautiful figure prominently here, thereby furthering reductive stereotypes about women as selfish yet paradoxically central to family life.