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The witch in history : early modern and twentieth-century representations

Author: Diane Purkiss
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this study, Diane Purkiss investigates the diverse interpretations and meanings attributed to the figure of the witch. The areas she considers include Canonical literature, visual arts, fairy  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diane Purkiss
ISBN: 0415087619 9780415087612 0415087627 9780415087629
OCLC Number: 187454042
Description: viii, 296 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1. The Histories of Witchcraft I. Popular Herstories 1. A Holocaust of One's Own: The Myth of the Burning Times 2. At Play in the Fields of the Past: Modern Witches 3. The Witch in the hands of Historians: a Tale of Prejudice and Fear Part 2. Early Modern Witches I. Women's Stories of Witchcraft 4. The House, the Body, the Child 5. No limit: the body of the witch 6. Agency: Witches' confessions and self-representation II. Witches on Stage 7. Elizabethan stagings: the witch, the queen, class 8. James I and the staging of witchcraft: plays of the witch-vogue: Macbeth, the Masque of Queens, The Witch 9. Testimony and Truth: `Real' witches in The Witch of Edmonton, The Late Lancashire Witches 10. The Witch on the margins of "race": Sycorax and others.
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"Ms. Purkiss..has interesting things to say about contemporary witchcraft and some striking if idiosyncratic comments about earlier (mainly fifteenth-and sixteenth century) material...Her [Purkiss's] Read more...

 
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