Charms, Charmers and Charming: International Research on Verbal Magic / Edition 1

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Charms, Charmers, and Charming brings together the work of many of today's key scholars in the field of verbal charming. The essays it contains cover vernacular magical texts and practice from Malaysia to Madagascar, and from England to Estonia. As the most comprehensive collection of research on charms, charmers, and charming available in the English language, it forms an essential reader on the topic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230551848
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/11/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction--J. Roper
• The Charmer's Body and Behaviour as a Window onto Early Modern Selfhood--L. Stark
• "'If not, shall employ 'Rough on Rats'": Identifying the common elements of rat charms--P. Cowdell
• Miracles and impossibilities in magic folk poetry--E. Pócs
• Snakebite Charms from a Gender Perspective--R. H. Andersson
• Charms as a Means of Coping--U. Wolf-Knuts
• Towards the Systematization of Narrative Elements of Slavic Charms--V. Kljaus
• Were some Middle English Charms Essentially Original Compositions?--T. M. Smallwood
• The Nightmare Charm in King Lear--J. Simpson
• Expressions of Impossibility and Inevitability in Mari Charms--N. Glukhova
• Russian Charms in a Comparative Light--A. Toporkov
• Slovenian Charms and Conjuring: Between South Slavic and Central European Tradition--M. Kropej
• Finnish Snake Charms--H. Ilomäki
• Estonian Narrative Charms--J. Roper
• Lithuanian and Latvian Charms: Searching for Parallels--D. Vaitkeviciene
• Charms in Late Middle English Recipe Collections--L. Olsan
• The Charms of the Bajalica (Conjurer) Biljana of the Village of Budisava, Serbia--M. Vivod
• Verbal Charms in Malagasy Folktales--L. Haring
• The Structure and Use of Charms in Georgia, The Caucasus--M. Tsiklauri and D. Hunt
• Malay Magic--K. O. Low

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