Professor Marion Gibson

Director of the Flexible Combined Honours


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I am Director of the Flexible Combined Honours programme, which sits in the College of Humanities, and am Professor of Renaissance and Magical Literatures. For administrative purposes I am based at the Streatham Campus in Exeter for much of the time, but I teach at the Penryn Campus in Cornwall where my specialist Witchcraft and Magic in Literature option is based. My research investigates the relationships between writings about magic and the supernatural and those about identity (national, local, sexual, religious and so on) in modernity – i.e. from around 1500 to the present day. I’m interested in meetings between cultures and disciplines, past and present, and how fiction and scholarly writing impact on and express lived identities today. I've just finished writing Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft (Routledge, 2017), a book examining the ways in which sixteenth and seventeenth century writings on witchcraft have continued to inspire modern literature, especially popular novels, poems and films in Britain and America, and Witchcraft: The Basics (Routledge, 2018), a student guide to the field. I'm also the author of Imagining the Pagan Past: Gods and Goddesses in Literature and History since the Dark Ages. (London and New York: Routledge, 2013), Witchcraft Myths in American Culture (New York: Routledge, 2007). Possession, Puritanism and Print: Darrell, Harsnett, Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Exorcism Controversy (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2006), Reading Witchcraft: Stories of Early English Witches (London and New York: Routledge, 1999), with Garry Tregidga and Shelley Trower, Mysticism, Myth and Celtic Identity (London: and New York: Routledge, 2012) and with Jo Esra, The Arden Shakespeare Dictionary of Shakespeare’s Demonology (London: Arden/Bloomsbury, 2014).