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Hansel & Gretel Disenchanted: A Response to Eugene McCarraher’s “The Enchantments of Mammon”

August 24th, 2020 | 6 min read

By David Black

We know the story. There wasn’t enough to eat. The children had been turned out to fend for themselves, and had, hungry, found a gingerbread house to snack on.

The gingerbread boys and girls outside the house were good advertising. The Witch had found a way not to be hungry. Fattening Hansel and Gretel, she planned to roast and eat them, but the children tricked her and pushed her into the oven, turning her into a cookie.

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