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Salem Story Reading the Witch Trials of 1692

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ISBN-10: 0521558204

ISBN-13: 9780521558204

Edition: 1995

Authors: Bernard Rosenthal, Albert Gelpi, Ross Posnock

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Salem Story engages the story of the Salem witch trials by contrasting an analysis of the surviving primary documentation with the way events of 1692 have been mythologised by our culture. Resisting the temptation to explain the Salem witch trials in the context of an inclusive theoretical framework, the book examines a variety of individual motives that converged to precipitate the witch-hunt. Of the many assumptions about the Salem witch trials, the most persistent is that they were instigated by a circle of hysterical girls. Through an analysis of what actually happened - by perusal of the primary materials with the close reading approach of a literary critic - a different picture emerges, one where hysteria inappropriately describes the logical, rational strategies of accusation and confession followed by the accusers, males and females alike.
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/29/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Dark Eve
The girls of Salem
Boys and girls together
June 10, 1692
July 19, 1692
August 19, 1692
George Burroughs and the Mathers
September 22, 1692
Assessing an inextricable storm
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