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Witch in History Early Modern and Twentieth-Century Representations

ISBN-10: 0415087627
ISBN-13: 9780415087629
Edition: 1996
Authors: Diane Purkiss
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Description: Looking at texts from colonial narratives to court masques, trial records to folktales, and Shakespeare to Sylvia Plath, this book shows how the witch acts as a carrier for fears, desires and fantasies both now and in the early modern period.

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Book details

List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/14/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

Looking at texts from colonial narratives to court masques, trial records to folktales, and Shakespeare to Sylvia Plath, this book shows how the witch acts as a carrier for fears, desires and fantasies both now and in the early modern period.

Diane Purkiss is Fellow and Tutor in English at Keble College, Oxford.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
A Holocaust of one's own: the myth of the Burning Times
At play in the fields of the past: modern witches
The witch in the hands of historians: a tale of prejudice and fear
The house, the body, the child
No limit: the body of the witch
Self-fashioning by women: choosing to be a witch
Elizabethan stagings: the witch, the queen, class
The all-singing, all-dancing plays of the Jacobean witch-vogue: The Masque of Queens, Macbeth, The Witch
Testimony and truth: The witch of Edmonton and The Witches of Lancashire
The witch on the margins of 'race': Sycorax and Others
Conclusion: bread into gingerbread and the price of transformation
Index

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