Sorceress or Witch?: The Image of Gender in Medieval Iceland and Northern Europe

Sorceress or Witch?: The Image of Gender in Medieval Iceland and Northern Europe

by Katherine Morris
     
 

ISBN-10: 0819182575

ISBN-13: 9780819182579

Pub. Date: 01/28/1991

Publisher: University Press of America

Sorceress or Witch? is primarily a literary study highlighting the thematic content of Icelandic literature as it compares with the legal, literary, and historical Germanic sources of early medieval Europe. The text discusses the characteristics of female witches: the seeress, the sorceress, witches and animals, the lascivious witch, and the cannibal woman. It is…  See more details below

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Sorceress or Witch? is primarily a literary study highlighting the thematic content of Icelandic literature as it compares with the legal, literary, and historical Germanic sources of early medieval Europe. The text discusses the characteristics of female witches: the seeress, the sorceress, witches and animals, the lascivious witch, and the cannibal woman. It is a kind of case study on how the change in the medieval religious "Weltanschauung" (from pagan to Christian) affected the role of women and magic. The book also includes 40 illustrations.

Author Biography: Katherine Morris is a visiting scholar in the Department of Germanic Languages at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819182579
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
01/28/1991
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.56(d)

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