La caza de brujas. El chivo expiatorio de la medicina moderna. (Vinegar Tom)

Sílvia Ferrando Luquín


This article explores the play Vinegar Tom (1976) of the English playwright Caryl Churchill (1938). The objects of the study are the figure of the Other, one Churchill’s main topics, the Witch-hunt that took place in England in XVII century and the relation between Catholic religion and modern medicine. Churchill explores in some of her plays the conversion of the Other into different phantasmatic realities. Specifically, in this article, we will see how she carries out the exploration of one minority: the women accused of witchcraft throughout the processes in which they were constructed. This process implies the mechanism of the scapegoat and in this case, there is an important role for the Catholic Church. We will explore the beginnings of the modern medicine and the implications of modern medicine, then and nowadays, in the conception of women body and its actual relation with medicine. Churchill explains the History of the Others, the minorities, the excluded ones. She analyses the ghosts and the phantasmatic realities that she detects in the contemporaneousness. Churchill is always interested in some of their several origins and the article will follow this methodology and research. Vinegar Tom is a play about witches with no witches in it. Its main topics aren’t evil, hysteria and possession by the devil. Vinegar Tom is a play about poverty, humiliation, and prejudice, and how the women accused of witchcraft saw themselves.

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