The Witch in History: Early Modern and Twentieth-Century Representations

The Witch in History: Early Modern and Twentieth-Century Representations

by Diane Purkiss
     
 

'Diane Purkiss ... insists on taking witches seriously. Her refusal to write witch-believers off as unenlightened has produced some richly intelligent meditations on their — and our — world.' - The Observer

'An invigorating and challenging book ... sets many hares running.' - The Times Higher Education SupplementSee more details below

Overview

'Diane Purkiss ... insists on taking witches seriously. Her refusal to write witch-believers off as unenlightened has produced some richly intelligent meditations on their — and our — world.' - The Observer

'An invigorating and challenging book ... sets many hares running.' - The Times Higher Education Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415087612
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/14/1996
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
1450L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1A Holocaust of one's own: the myth of the Burning Times7
2At play in the fields of the past: modern witches30
3The witch in the hands of historians: a tale of prejudice and fear59
4The house, the body, the child91
5No limit: the body of the witch119
6Self-fashioning by women: choosing to be a witch145
7Elizabethan stagings: the witch, the queen, class179
8The all-singing, all-dancing plays of the Jacobean witch-vogue: The Masque of Queens, Macbeth, The Witch199
9Testimony and truth: The witch of Edmonton and The Witches of Lancashire231
10The witch on the margins of 'race': Sycorax and Others250
Conclusion: bread into gingerbread and the price of transformation276
Index286

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