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Gender and the body of the early modern witch


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The early modern persecution of the witch reflects both local and broad cultural and social features; it lends itself to an interdisciplinary framework. Lyndal Roper supplies an analysis that is both social history and psychological; Heinsohn and Steiger offer the economic background in conjunction with a textual interpretation; Dorinda Neave contributes visual evidence; Diane Purkiss makes a feminist contribution through critical readings; Gail Kern Paster demonstrates that representations emerged in drama, literary, scientific, and demonological treatments. As such, the body of the female witch emerges as a composition which reflects broad trends as well as local particularities. The witch hunt was based on the supernatural, a system of beliefs that cannot be substantiated through recourse to a rational world. One of the ways that it can be understood is through representations of the witch's body and readings that focus on the psychic realm of fantasy, fear, and eroticism.

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Subject
History;
Middle Ages;
Womens studies
Classification
0582: History
0581: Middle Ages
0453: Womens studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
Gender and the body of the early modern witch
Author
Henesy, Sharon
Number of pages
74
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
1408
Source
MAI 45/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542794568
Advisor
Michelson, Elana; Carey, Robert
University/institution
State University of New York Empire State College
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
M.A.L.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1436818
ProQuest document ID
304911677
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304911677
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