This course explores the figure of the witch and its cultural representations. We will concentrate on two novels, a play and a film, which will be discussed alongside several critical and historical texts about witches and witch-hunts. The course covers the development of such a polarizing ‘mythical’ figure, spanning from the witch-hunts of the early modern period to both self-proclaimed and accused witches of the twenty-first century. What and who is a witch, and who decides it? Why did the historical witch-hunts happen and what are their legacies in the present? Throughout the course we will explore issues related to the construction of the other, women and the body, capital accumulation, medical knowledge and the medical establishment, patriarchy and colonialism, decolonial feminism, gender and racial violence.