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Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions

Emotions in the History of Witchcraft

Editors: Kounine, Laura, Ostling, Michael (Eds.)

  • Contributes to the growing scholarship in the history of the emotions, as well as the history of witchcraft and magic
  • Provides a much-needed bridge between these two areas of study
  • Multidisciplinary and wide-ranging in scope
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About this book

Bringing together leading historians, anthropologists, and religionists, this volume examines the unbridled passions of witchcraft from the Middle Ages to the present. Witchcraft is an intensely emotional crime, rooted in the belief that envy and spite can cause illness or even death. Witch-trials in turn are emotionally driven by the grief of alleged victims and by the fears of magistrates and demonologists. 
With examples ranging from Russia to New England, Germany to Cameroon, chapters cover the representation of emotional witches in demonology and art; the gendering of witchcraft as female envy or male rage; witchcraft as a form of bullying and witchcraft accusation as a form of therapy; love magic and demon-lovers; and the affective memorialization of the “Burning Times” among contemporary Pagan feminists. Wide-ranging and methodologically diverse, the book is appropriate for scholars of witchcraft, gender, and emotions; for graduate or undergraduate courses, and for the interested general reader.

About the authors

Laura Kounine is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Sussex, and was previously a research fellow at the Centre for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. She is the co-editor of Cultures of Conflict Resolution in Early Modern Europe (2016) and author of the forthcoming Imagining the Witch: Emotions, Gender and Selfhood in Early Modern Germany.

Michael Ostling is Honors Faculty Fellow at Arizona State University, USA, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland, Australia.  He is the author of Between the Devil and the Host (2011) and editor of the forthcoming Fairies, Demons, and Nature Spirits (2017).   

Reviews

     

“A pioneering as well as profound collection of essays written by leaders in the field who connect the study of witchcraft to cutting edge approaches to the history of emotions. I recommend it to everyone interested in the period.” (Professor Ulinka Rublack, University of Cambridge, UK, author of “The Astronomer and the Witch”)

“The contributors to this volume have boldly charted out new and exciting approaches to witchcraft and the emotions. While ranging across familiar topics like demonologies, trials and comparative treatments of witchcraft, the contributors draw prudently and creatively on insights from anthropology, the neurosciences and evolutionary psychology, feminist theory, and the new theoretical approaches to the history of emotions.   In bringing witchcraft studies into the new history of emotions these scholars show emotions not just as interior feelings or cerebral textual and rhetorical devices, but as disturbing and violent actions.  This is multi-disciplinary work at its most creative and incisive. A work that will instantly become the starting point for all future discussions of witchcraft and the emotions.” (Professor Thomas Robisheaux, Duke University, USA, author of “The Last Witch of Langenburg”)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction: ‘Unbridled Passion’ and the History of Witchcraft

    Ostling, Michael (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

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  • Fear and Devotion in the Writings of Heinrich Institoris

    Herzig, Tamar

    Pages 19-35

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  • The Cruelty of Witchcraft: The Drawings of Jacques de Gheyn the Younger

    Zika, Charles

    Pages 37-56

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  • Satanic Fury: Depictions of the Devil’s Rage in Nicolas Remy’s Daemonolatria

    Kounine, Laura

    Pages 57-76

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  • Tyrannical Beasts: Male Witchcraft in Early Modern English Culture

    Kent, E. J.

    Pages 77-94

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Buy this book

eBook 83,29 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-52903-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 106,99 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-52902-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Emotions in the History of Witchcraft
Editors
  • Laura Kounine
  • Michael Ostling
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52903-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-52903-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52902-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 321
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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