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Languages of Witchcraft: Narrative, Ideology and Meaning in Early Modern Culture
     

Languages of Witchcraft: Narrative, Ideology and Meaning in Early Modern Culture

by Stuart Clark (Editor)
 
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, what was it, and what was its place in their culture? The news essays in this collection illustrate the latest trends in witchcraft research and in cultural history in general. After three

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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, what was it, and what was its place in their culture? The news essays in this collection illustrate the latest trends in witchcraft research and in cultural history in general. After three decades in which the social analysis of witchcraft accusations has dominated the subject, they turn instead to its significance and meaning as a cultural phenomenon—to the "languages" of witchcraft, rather than its causes. As a result, witchcraft seems less startling than it once was, yet more revealing of the world in which it occurred.

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Clark provides a very useful introduction in which he discusses recent trends in witchcraft research....
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Clark provides a very useful introduction in which he discusses recent trends in witchcraft research....
Booknews
Mostly British historians and literature scholars specializing in the study of witchcraft met in Swansea, Wales, in September 1998 to explore the concept of reading witchcraft as a style of interpretation and as an aspect of the subject itself. Focusing on Europe mostly in the 16th and 17th centuries, the 11 essays cover history and story in witchcraft trials, contexts of witchcraft, and how contemporaries read witchcraft. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333793480
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/03/2001
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.85(d)

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Stuart Clark is Professor of Early Modern History, University of Wales Swansea.

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