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Hotton, Hélène

Works: 2 works in 7 publications in 2 languages and 9 library holdings
Genres: Academic theses  History 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Hélène Hotton
L'autre féminin dans les traités de démonologie (1550-1620) by Hélène Hotton( )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in French and English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Through the works of two demonologists having had a direct experience with trials, the Discours execrable des sorciers by Henri Boguet (1602) and the Tableau de l'inconstance des mauvais anges et demons (1612) by Pierre de Lancre, we explore the link between malefic femininity and witchcraft: the images they convey, the fascination they trigger and their mirroring through and in writing."--
Les marques du diable et les signes de l'Autre : rhétorique du dire démonologique à la fin de la Renaissance by Helene Hotton( )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in French and English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How did the motive of the Devil's Mark wend its way through the theological, legal and medical discourse at the end of the Renaissance to such a point that it became a critical component of the crime of witchcraft? Through what mechanisms and what belief systems did this idea of the Devil's Mark become so widely disseminated and greatly accepted among both the scholars and the general public? In a period marked by the Great Witch Hunt, as well as the development of scientific investigation, the fact that the scholars are interested in this strange semiotics is a very interesting starting point to address head-on the shift in boundaries that demonology brought about within these different fields of knowledge. The purpose of this thesis is to study the network of the epistemological mutations that shaped how the Devil's Mark emerged in French demonological knowledge between the end of the 16th century and the beginning of the 17th century. We will review how diabolical otherness gradually became internalized in the individuals' heart and soul under the increasingly powerful influence of empiricism, experimental method, and observation. We will analyze the rhetorical construction surrounding the Devil's Mark theory and relate it to the changes that took place in the intellectual platform of the Ancien Régime in order to shed light on the new classification that appeared between natural and supernatural facts, as well as on the rhetorical strategies used to report on them
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Audience level: 0.83 (from 0.81 for L'autre fe ... to 0.86 for Les marque ...)