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Spellbound: Women and Witchcraft in America
     

Spellbound: Women and Witchcraft in America

by Elizabeth Reis (Editor)
 

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Spellbound: Women and Witchcraft in America is a collection of twelve articles that explore crucial events in the history of witch-hunting and its demonization of women in American and American women's own use of witchcraft as a source of identity and strength, as well as the complicated relationship between the two. Beginning with the accused 'witches' of

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Spellbound: Women and Witchcraft in America is a collection of twelve articles that explore crucial events in the history of witch-hunting and its demonization of women in American and American women's own use of witchcraft as a source of identity and strength, as well as the complicated relationship between the two. Beginning with the accused 'witches' of colonial America, Spellbound extends its focus through the nineteenth century to explore women's involvement with alternative spiritualities, and culminates with examinations of the contemporary feminist neopagan and Goddess movements.

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Women and Criminal Justice

Hande Zapsu who writes as Mina Hepsen, was born in Istanbul, Turkey. Growing up between Munich and Istanbul, she was influenced by her father (a Turkish politician) and went on to Boston where she did a B.A. in Political Science and Political Philosophy at Tufts University. Always a big fan of travelling, she then moved to Miami for a year before going on to Edinburgh, Scotland where she lives currently.

Journal Of Women's History
This is an important collection for scholars interested in women's, religious, and Native American history, as well as American history in general.
R. Marie Griffith
Spellbound is the first serious attempt to trace the history of the witch and analyze the politics of witchcraft at diverse cultural moments in American history. Experts present compelling arguments for the gendered, racialized nature of witch persecutions and finely illuminate contemporary appropriations of magic and witchcraft. This admirable volume is a significant contribution not only to the comparative study of witchcraft but to the historians, ethnographers, and general readers alike.
Bryan F. Le Beau
From the very beginning of American history, people have used the term 'witch' to identify particular groups in society, usually women, sometimes in fun, but more often with intent to do harm. Americans have wielded it to isolate, denigrate, demonize, and ultimately destroy those whose ideas and/or actions threaten, or are perceived to threaten, conventional wisdom. Spellbound helps us better understand this phenomenon. Essays by leading scholars show how changes in our definition of 'witch' reflect changes in our perception of women's roles in American society. Spellbound is an excellent addition to the literature on the role of gender in American history.
Journal of Women's History
This is an important collection for scholars interested in women's, religious, and Native American history, as well as American history in general.
Midwest Book Review
Informative and engaging.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780842025768
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Series:
Worlds of Women Series
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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R. Marie Griffith
The first serious attempt to trace the history of the witch and analyze the politics of witchcraft.

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Elizabeth Reis teaches history and women's studies at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New England (1997).

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