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The witch in the Western imagination

Author: Lyndal Roper
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2012.
Series: Richard lectures, 1998.; Studies in early modern German history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In an exciting new approach to witchcraft studies, The Witch in the Western Imagination examines the visual representation of witches in early modern Europe. With vibrant and lucid prose, Lyndal Roper moves away from the typical witchcraft studies on trials, beliefs, and communal dynamics and instead considers the witch as a symbolic and malleable figure through a broad sweep of topics and time periods. Employing a  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lyndal Roper
ISBN: 9780813932972 0813932971 9780813933009 0813933005
OCLC Number: 767255122
Description: xii, 240 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Witchcraft and the Western imagination --
The gorgon of Augsburg --
Dürer's empty frame --
Envy --
Witchcraft and village drama --
Witches' children --
The suicidal student.
Series Title: Richard lectures, 1998.; Studies in early modern German history.
Responsibility: Lyndal Roper.

Abstract:

In an exciting new approach to witchcraft studies, The Witch in the Western Imagination examines the visual representation of witches in early modern Europe. With vibrant and lucid prose, Lyndal Roper moves away from the typical witchcraft studies on trials, beliefs, and communal dynamics and instead considers the witch as a symbolic and malleable figure through a broad sweep of topics and time periods. Employing a wide selection of archival, literary, and visual materials, Roper presents a series of thematic studies that range from the role of emotions in Renaissance culture to demonology as entertainment, and from witchcraft as female embodiment to the clash of cultures on the brink of the Enlightenment. Rather than providing a vast synthesis or survey, this book is questioning and exploratory in nature and illuminates our understanding of the mental and psychic worlds of people in premodern Europe. Roper's spectrum of theoretical interests will engage readers interested in cultural history, psychoanalytic theory, feminist theory, art history, and early modern European studies. These essays, three of which appear here for the first time in print, are complemented by more than forty images, from iconic paintings to marginal drawings on murals or picture frames. In her unique focus on the imagery of witchcraft, Lyndal Roper has succeeded in adding a compelling new dimension to the study of witchcraft in early modern Europe.--Publisher website.
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Lyndal Roper has a reputation among historians for bright, stimulating, even provocative insights into the society and culture of early modern Europe. This collection of essays is no exception. It Read more...

 
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