The Witch in History: Early Modern and Twentieth-century Representations

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Psychology Press, 1996 - History - 296 pages
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"From Macbeth to The Wizard of Oz, from the hysteria of witch trials to emblems of 20th-century female empowerment, no matter how she is portrayed, the witch is an enduring source of fear and fascination. In this study, Diane Purkiss investigates the diverse interpretations and meanings attributed to the figure of the witch, encompassing a wide range of cultural norms which include Canonical literature, such as Shelley and Yeats, visual arts, fairy tales, folklore and real-life witch stories. Also considered are pornography and sado-masochism, film, from the classic Swedish Haxan to The Witches of Eastwick, and the stage, including Shakespeare and Jonson."--GoogleBooks.
 

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Contents

the myth of the Burning Times
7
modern witches
30
a tale of prejudice and fear
59
The house the body the child
91
the body of the witch
119
choosing to be a witch
145
the witch the queen class
179
The Witch of Edmonton and The Witches
231
Sycorax and Others
250
bread into gingerbread and the price of transformation
276
Index
286
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Author of "The Witch in History", Diane Purkiss was formerly Professor of English at Exeter University and is now Fellow and Tutor at Keble College, Oxford.

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