Narrative freedom and magic in its many forms: Multiple entrances to a historical experience

Amy W S LEE*

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In the age of the new media, we are accustomed to a proliferation of experiences made possible by the instantaneous, hyper-real, and user-oriented media in many aspects of our lives. In cultural productions, age-old stories, whether fictional or factual, are given a new life through new media transformation and re-appear to readers and audiences around the world with new faces and new meanings. As educators in this new age, we should be aware of the educational potentials available to assist us in creating new learning experiences for students in different areas. This paper attempts to examine and analyze the "magic" of multi-modal narratives in representing a historical experience in the 17th century, to explore these narratives' potentials to create meaningful learning experience for students of the 21st century. Although the witch trials that happened in the Danvers area (used to be Salem Village) are already more than 300 years old, representations have never stopped, as in fact are proliferating to new forms. The proposed discussion will focus on three narratives targeted at young adults, namely "The Visionary Girls: Witchcraft in Salem Village" (1973), "The Devil's Door: A Salem Witchcraft Story" (2011), and "Magic by Moonlight" (2011), to examine how these recent narratives which have incorporated narrative strategies from other media, can be used to deliver new meaning to students who are individuals in the age of the new media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-51
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Creating new learning experience
  • Historical figures
  • Magic
  • New narrative strategies
  • Witch hunt


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