Helen Oyeyemi: White Is for Witching

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White is for Witching, first published in 2009, is Helen Oyeyemi’s third novel. Following The Icarus Girl (2005) and The Opposite House (2007), Oyeyemi returns to familiar themes of displacement, doubling and female insanity through her by-now-trademark writing style, which encompasses a diverse array of literary and cultural traditions, dark humour and a gothic narrative. Hailed as “a new voice in the modern macabre”, Oyeyemi’s culturally hybrid and stylistically experimental third novel represents an important new intervention in the contemporary Gothic (Machell).

Where Oyeyemi’s previous two novels followed literal journeys between Britain, Nigeria and the Caribbean, the present action of her …

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Ilott, Sarah. "White Is for Witching". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 August 2013
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35030, accessed 01 October 2016.]

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  1. Gothic, Grotesque & Supernatural Fiction