Languages of Witchcraft: Narrative, Ideology and Meaning in Early Modern Culture
By: Stuart Clark (editor)Hardback
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Different conceptions of the world and of reality have made witchcraft possible in some societies and impossible in others. How did the people of Early Modern Europe experience it and what was its place in their culture? The essays in this collection illustrate trends in witchcraft research and in cultural history in general. After decades in which the social analysis of witchcraft accusations has dominated the subject, this study looks at its significance and meaning as a cultural phenomenon - to the "languages" of witchcraft, rather than its causes.
STUART CLARK is Professor of History at the University of Wales, Swansea.
Preface Notes of Contributors Introduction; S. Clark PART 1: HISTORY AND STORY IN WITCHCRAFT TRIALS Texts of Authority: Witchcraft Accusations and the Demonstration of Truth in Early Modern England; P. Rushton Understanding Witchcraft; M. Gibson Witches and Witnesses in Old and New England; M. Gaskill Sounds of Silence: Fairies and Incest in Scottish Witchcraft Stories; D. Purkiss PART 2: CONTEXTS OF WITCHCRAFT Towards a Politics of Witchcraft in Early Modern England; P. Elmer The Religion of Reginald Scot; D. Wootton Hell Upon Earth or the Language of the Playhouse; J. Barry PART 3: HOW CONTEMPORARIES READ WITCHCRAFT Circling the Devil: Witch-doctors and Magic Healers in Early Modern Lorraine; R. Briggs Witchcraft as Metaphor: Infanticide and its Translations in Aragon in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries; M. Tausiet Witchcraft and Forensic Medicine in Seventeenth-Century Germany; T. Robisheaux Reasoning with Unreason: Visions, Witchcraft and Madness in Early Modern England; K. Hodgkin Index
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