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Deadly words : witchcraft in the bocage

Author: Jeanne Favret-Saada
Publisher: Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press, 2010, ©1980.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Digitally printed versionView all editions and formats
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"This book examines witchcraft beliefs and experiences in the Bocage, a rural area of western France. It also introduces a powerful theoretical attitude towards the progress of the ethnographer's enwuiries, suggesting that a full knowledge of witchcraft involves being 'caught up' in it oneself. In the Bocage, being bewitched is to be 'caught' in a sequence of misfortunes: a heifer dies, the wife has a miscarriage,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeanne Favret-Saada
ISBN: 0521297877 9780521297875
OCLC Number: 788194663
Notes: Translation of: Les mots, la mort, les sorts.
Description: vii, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. There Must Be a Subject --
Section 1. The Way Things Are Said: 1. The mirror-image of an academic --
2. Words spoken with insistence --
3. When words wage war --
Section 2. Between 'Caught' and Catching: 1. Those who haven't been caught can't talk about it --
2. A name added to a position --
3. Taking one's distances from whom (or what)? --
Section 3. When the Text Has its Own Foreword --
part II. The Realm of Secrecy --
Section 4. Someone Must Be Credulous --
Section 5. Tempted By the Impossible --
Section 6. The Less One Talks, The Less One Is Caught --
part III. Telling It All --
Section 7. If You Could Do Something: 1. A bewitched in hospital --
2. She a magician? --
3. The misunderstanding --
4. Impotent against impotence --
Section 8. The Omnipotent Witch: 1. The imperishable bastard --
2. Speaking --
3. Touching --
4. Looking --
5. A death at the crossroads --
6. Ex post facto --
Section 9. Taking Over: 1. Inexplicable misfortunes --
2. The other witch --
Section 10. To Return Evil for Evil: 1. Madame Marie from Alen?on --
2. Madame Marie from Ize --
3. If you feel capable --
Section 11. Mid-way Speculations: 1. Concepts and presuppositions --
2. Attack by witchcraft and its warding off --
Appendices --
References.
Other Titles: Mots, la mort, les sorts.
Responsibility: Jeanne Favret-Saada ; translated by Catherine Cullen.

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This book examines witchcraft in the Bocage, a rural area of western France. The ethnographer delves into what it means to be a witch and to be bewitched, or 'caught' in a series of misfortunes. Only  Read more...

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