The Ulanovs examine the images of the witch and the clown not only as mere literary, anthropological, or historical themes, but as determining much of the complexity of human sexual life. The common notions of male sexuality based upon strength and aggression, and female sexuality upon weakness and submission are thoroughly undone in this analysis.
Ann Belford Ulanov
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What makes the witch still so compelling to our imaginations? How does the clown reach through our tears to our laughter?
The witch gives us a picture of power in the feminine, of feminine intellect and spirit, primordial in its force, authoritative in its wisdom. The clown gives us a picture of the soft feeling hidden within the masculine, which men must turn to, receive, and embrace.
The Ulanovs explore these figures in a unique way - not as mere literary, anthropological, or historical themes, but in terms of what they mean to people in the actual living of their lives, in facing their problems and potentialities. Women, especially need to face the witch in themselves to open to the power she embodies. Men facing the witch in themselves must deal with this fearsome power firsthand, no longer blaming women for it. Men need to face the vunerable feelings behind the clowning masks, and open to the largeness and range of life they have hidden from in their...
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