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Exorcising our demons : magic, witchcraft, and visual culture in early modern Europe

Author: Charles Zika
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2003.
Series: Studies in medieval and Reformation thought, v. 91.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This collection of sixteen essays deals with the role of magic, religion and witchcraft in European culture, 1450-1650, and the critical role of the visual in that culture. It covers the relationship of humanism and magic; the intersection of religious ritual, orthodoxy and power; the discursive links between the visual language of witchcraft and contemporary anxieties about sexuality and savagery. The introductory  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Zika, Charles.
Exorcising our demons.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2003
(OCoLC)606053939
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Zika
ISBN: 9004125604 9789004125605
OCLC Number: 50738245
Description: xxi, 603 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Demons and histories --
Reuchlin's De verbo mirifico and the magic debate of the late fifteenth century --
Reuchlin and Erasmus: humanism and occult philosophy --
Agrippa of Nettesheim and his appeal to the Cologne Council in 1533: the politics of knowledge in early sixteenth-century Germany --
Hosts, processions and pilgrimages: controlling the sacred in fifteenth-century Germany --
The reformation jubilee of 1617: appropriating the past in European centenary celebrations --
Fears of flying: representations of witchcraft and sexuality in sixteenth-century Germany --
She-man: visual representations of witchcraft and sexuality --
Dürer's witch, riding women and moral order --
The wild cavalcade in Lucas Cranach's Melancholia paintings: witchcraft and sexual disorder in sixteenth-century Germany --
Body parts, Saturn and cannibalism: visual representations of witches' assemblies in the sixteenth century --
Fashioning new worlds from old fathers: reflections on Saturn, Amerindians and witches in a sixteenth-century print --
Cannibalism and witchcraft in early modern Europe: reading the visual images --
Appropriating folklore in sixteenth-century witchcraft literature: the Nebelkappe of Paulus Frisius --
Writing the visual into history: changing cultural perceptions of late medieval and reformation Germany --
Nuremberg: the city and its culture in the early sixteenth century.
Series Title: Studies in medieval and Reformation thought, v. 91.
Responsibility: by Charles Zika.

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