Emotions in the History of Witchcraft

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

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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.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Fear and Devotion in the Writings of Heinrich Institoris

    Herzig, Tamar Pages 19-35

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

    Zika, Charles Pages 37-56

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

    Kounine, Laura Pages 57-76

  • Tyrannical Beasts: Male Witchcraft in Early Modern English Culture

    Kent, E. J. Pages 77-94

  • The Witch in the Courtroom: Torture and the Representations of Emotion

    Voltmer, Rita Pages 97-116

  • ‘So They Will Love Me and Pine for Me’: Intimacy and Distance in Early Modern Russian Magic

    Kivelson, Valerie A. Pages 117-135

  • Emotion and Affect in Lorraine Witchcraft Trials

    Briggs, Robin Pages 137-153

  • Speaking of Love in the Polish Witch Trials

    Ostling, Michael Pages 155-171

  • Over-Familiar Spirits: The Bonds between English Witches and Their Devils

    Millar, Charlotte-Rose Pages 173-189

  • Bullying, the Neurobiology of Emotional Aggression, and the Experience of Witchcraft

    Bever, Edward Pages 193-212

  • Witchcraft and the Dangers of Intimacy: Africa and Europe

    Geschiere, Peter Pages 213-229

  • Psychotic Reactions? Witchcraft, the Devil and Mental Illness

    Ferber, Sarah Pages 231-245

  • In Memorium Maleficarum: Feminist and Pagan Mobilizations of the Burning Times

    Zwissler, Laurel Pages 249-268

  • Afterword: Passions in Perspective

    Gaskill, Malcolm