The following reading list has been compiled as an accompaniment to the exhibition Second Sight: Witchcraft, Ritual, Power. The books, journals, and web-articles included, contextualise the concepts explored in this exhibition, providing an academic basis for the many forms of visual expression on display. The resources included in this list aim to create a wider conversation around witchcraft, its origins, and contemporary iterations. Many texts are available on the UQ Library website, or through the links provided.



Bridgeman, Eric. “Kala Bung (Colours join together’).” Art Monthly Australasia, (309, 2018): 46–51.;dn=731839969678123;res=IELLCC.

Dunnill, Anna. “Clare Milledge: Sacks of wind: a rock harder than rock.” Art Guide (2018).

Grossman, Peter. “Crowning the Crone.” Sabat Magazine (2017).

Hettie Judah. “How Witchcraft Continues to Cast its Spell on Artists’s Magical Thinking.” Frieze (2018).  

Hewitt, P. “Spheres of Influence: The Magical History of the Witch Ball” Apotropaia. 11th June 2018.

Jeffreys, Tom. “The Return of the Witch in Contemporary Culture.” Frieze (2018).

Sooke, Alastair. “Where do witches come from?”. BBC Culture (2014).

Donahue. Anne, T. “We are the weirdos: how witches went from evil outcasts to feminist heroes.” The Guardian (2015).

Shapiro, Lila. “What Pop Culture Gets Right and Wrong About Witches, According to a Real Coven.” Vulture (2017).


Books and Journals

Baxstrom, Richard, and Meyers, Todd. Realizing the Witch. Fordham University Press, 2016.

Davies, Owen. "Researching Reverse Witch Trials in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century England." Chap. 10 In Cultures of Witchcraft in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present, edited by J.; Davies Barry, O.; Usbourne, C., 215-33. United Kingdom: Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic, 2018.

Elliott, Robert C. The Power of Satire : Magic, Ritual, Art. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1960.

Fara, Patricia. Sex, Botany and Empire: The Story of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks. London: Icon Books, 2003.

Federici, Silvia, Witches, Witch-Hunting and Women, PM Press Oakland, 2018.

Gaskill, Malcolm, Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press New York, 2010.

Hoak, Dale. "Art, Culture, and Mentality in Renaissance Society: The Meaning of Hans Baldung Grien's Bewitched Groom (1544)." Renaissance Quarterly 38, no. 3, (1985): 488-510.

Hughes, G. B. "Reflecting Globes and Witch Balls." Country Life (1951).

Hults, Linda C. The Witch as Muse : Art, Gender, and Power in Early Modern Europe. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 2005.

Hutton, Robert. The Witch: A History of Fear, From Ancient Times to the Present. New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2018.

Josephson-Storm, Jason A. The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences, University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Johnston, Anna. "Exhibiting the Enlightenment: Joseph Banks’s Florilegium and Colonial Knowledge Production." Journal of Australian Studies (2019): 1-15.

Lauer, P. "Cataloguing System - Anthropology Museum." 1 - 6. St Lucia: University of Queensland, 1972.

Levack, Brian P. Witchcraft and Demonology in Art and Literature. Articles on Witchcraft, Magic and Demonology; v. 12. New York: Garland Publishing, 1992.

Lieberman, Hallie. "Intimate Transactions: Sex Toys and the Sexual Discourse of Second-Wave Feminism." Sexuality & Culture 21 (2017): 96–120.

Melton, J.G. "Museum of Magic and Witchcraft." In Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, 1073. Detroit: Gale, 2001.

Meyer, Birgit, and Peter Pels, eds. Magic and Modernity: Interfaces of Revelation and Concealment. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003.

Millar, Charlotte-Rose. Witchcraft, the Devil, and Emotions in Early Modern England. Routledge Research in Early Modern History. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, an Imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.

Milledge, Clare. “The Artist-Shaman and the \’Gift of Sight\’.” University of Sydney, 2012.

O'Brien, T. "Bostock, John (1892–1987)." In Australian Dictionary of Biography, edited by Diane Langmore, 1. National Centre of Biography: Australian National University, 2007.

Ostling, Michael. "Witches' Herbs on Trial." Folklore 125, no. 2, 2014: 179-201.

Page, Sophie, Wallace, Marina, Davies, Owen, Gaskill, Malcolm, Houlbrook, Ceri, Spellbound. Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford (2018).

Pairet, Ana. "Shades of Circe: Wisdom and Knowledge in Christine De Pizan’s Exempla." French Forum 42, no. 3 (2017): 393-405.

Purkiss, Diane, and ProQuest. The Witch in History: Early Modern and Twentieth-century Representations. London: Routledge, 1996.

Smith, Moira. "The Flying Phallus and the Laughing Inquisitor: Penis Theft in the Malleus Maleficarum." Journal of Folklore Research 39, no. 1 (2002): 85-117.

Sollé, Kristen J. Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring The Sex Positive, ThreeL Media Stone Bridge Press, Berkeley (2017).

Stephenson, Barry, Ritual: A Very Short Introduction, New York: Oxford University Press (2015).

Sullivan, Margaret A. "The Witches of Dürer and Hans Baldung Grien." Renaissance Quarterly 53, no. 2 (2000): 333-401.

Tal, Guy, and Cole, Bruce. Witches on Top: Magic, Power, and Imagination in the Art of Early Modern Italy, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, 2006.

Taiz, Lincoln, and Lee Taiz. Flora Unveiled: The Discovery and Denial of Sex in Plants.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Tambiah, Stanley Jeyaraja. Magic, Science, Religion, and the Scope of Rationality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Ward, J.D. "Witchcraft Museums." The Field, January 31st 1963, 184.

Zika, Charles. The Appearance of Witchcraft: Print and Visual Culture in Sixteenth-century Europe. London and New York: Routledge, 2007.