Malevolent Nurture: Witch-Hunting and Maternal Power in Early Modern England / Edition 1

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In Malevolent Nurture, Deborah Willis explores the dynamics of witchcraft accusation through legal documents, pamphlet literature, religious tracts, and the plays of Shakespeare.
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"Another issue insufficiently considered in the intersection of witch-hunting and gender is that women were more likely than men to be accusers. Literary historian Deborah Willis seeks to redress this oversight. . . . Willis is critical of studies that represent witch-hunts as 'all-male' and 'univocally misogynist'; she takes issue with the 'widely held feminist view that assigns the women accused of witchcraft the role of rebellious proto-feminists and the female accusers to that of patriarchal conformists'. . . . She examines the threat of the witch to order on several social levels: peasent, gentry, and aristocratic."—Kenneth P. Minkema, Religious Studies Review

"Very well and clearly written and thoroughly researched."—Carole Levin, Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801481949
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 Introduction 1
2 (Un)Neighborly Nurture 27
3 Rewriting the Witch 83
4 James among the Witch-Hunters 117
5 Performing Persecution 159
6 Strange Brew 209
Afterword. Notorious Defamations 239
Works Cited 247
Index 261
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