Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

Reading the Salem Witch Child

The Guilt of Innocent Blood

Authors: West, Kristina

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  • Provides the first and only study of the Salem witch trials to focus solely on the accused and accusing children
  • Examines narratives of the trials including court records, contemporary accounts, histories, and literature to discover how Salem’s children are created by and within cultural memory
  • Takes a theoretical approach to childhood, considering the shifting assumptions about childhood across time, between texts, and in terms of an ideal Puritan childhood that rarely, if ever, is borne out by narratives of Salem
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This book discusses the role of children in the Salem witch trials through a close reading of the many and varied narratives of the trials, including court records, contemporary and historical documents, fiction, drama, and poetry. Taking a critical theory approach to explore both what we might understand as a child in 1692 New England and to consider our adult investment in reading the child, Kristina West explores narratives of the afflicted girls and the many accused children whom are often absent or overlooked in histories, and considers how the trial structure is continually repeated in attempts to establish the respective guilt and innocence of these and other groups. This book also analyses later manuscripts and fictional rewritings of the trials to question the basis on which assumptions about the child in history are made, and to consider why such narratives of Salem’s children are still relevant now.

About the authors

Kristina West is an affiliated member of the Graduate Centre for International Research in Childhood: Literature, Culture, Media at the University of Reading, UK. Her research focuses on American literature, children’s literature, and critical theory. Her first book, Louisa May Alcott and the Textual Child, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reading the Salem Witch Child
Book Subtitle
The Guilt of Innocent Blood
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-49304-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-49304-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-49303-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 233
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