Emotions in the history of witchcraft

Kounine, Laura and Ostling, Michael, eds. (2017) Emotions in the history of witchcraft. Palgrave studies in the history of emotions . Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137529022

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Abstract

Bringing together leading historians, anthropologists, and religionists, this volume examines the unbridled passions of witchcraft from the Middle Ages to the present. Witchcraft is an intensely emotional crime, rooted in the belief that envy and spite can cause illness or even death. Witch-trials in turn are emotionally driven by the grief of alleged victims and by the fears of magistrates and demonologists. With examples ranging from Russia to New England, Germany to Cameroon, chapters cover the representation of emotional witches in demonology and art; the gendering of witchcraft as female envy or male rage; witchcraft as a form of bullying and witchcraft accusation as a form of therapy; love magic and demon-lovers; and the affective memorialization of the “Burning Times” among contemporary Pagan feminists. Wide-ranging and methodologically diverse, the book is appropriate for scholars of witchcraft, gender, and emotions; for graduate or undergraduate courses, and for the interested general reader.

Item Type: Edited Book
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Depositing User: Laura Kounine
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 10:40
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2017 11:41
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/65185
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