1st Edition

Gender and Witchcraft New Perspectives on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology

Edited By Brian P. Levack Copyright 2001

    Witchcraft and magical beliefs have captivated historians and artists for millennia, and stimulated an extraordinary amount of research among scholars in a wide range of disciplines. This new collection, from the editor of the highly acclaimed 1992 set, Articles on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology , extends the earlier volumes by bringing together the most important articles of the past twenty years and covering the profound changes in scholarly perspective over the past two decades. Featuring thematically organized papers from a broad spectrum of publications, the volumes in this set encompass the key issues and approaches to witchcraft research in fields such as gender studies, anthropology, sociology, literature, history, psychology, and law. This new collection provides students and researchers with an invaluable resource, comprising the most important and influential discussions on this topic. A useful introductory essay written by the editor precedes each volume.

    Megged, Amos. Magic, Popular Medicine and Gender in Seventeenth-Century Mexico: The Case of Isobel de Montoya. Social History 19 (1994). Klaniczay, Gábor. Shamanistic Elements in Central European Witchcraft. In Mihály Hoppál, ed., Shamanism in Eurasia, (Göttingen, Germany: 1984). de Blécourt, Willem. Witch Doctors, Soothsayers and Priests on Cunning Folk in European Historiography and Tradition. Social History 19 (1994). O'Neil, Mary. Magical Healing, Love Magic and the Inquisition in Late Sixteenth-Century Modena. In Stephen Haliczar, ed., Inquisition and Society in Early Modern Europe (Totowa, NJ: 1987). Davies, Owen. Healing Charms in Use in England and Wales, 1700-1950. Folklore 107 (1996). Sebald, Hans. Shaman, Healer, Witch. Comparing Shamanism with Franconian Folk Magic. Ethnologia Europaea 14 (1984). Alver, Bente Gullveig and Torunn Selberg. Folk Medicine as Part of a Larger Concept Complex. Scandinavian Yearbook of Folklore 43 (1987). Cassar, P. Healing by Sorcery in 17th and 18th Century Malta. St. Lukes Hospital Gaz. (Guardamangia) 11 (1976). Gentilcore, David. The Church, the Devil and the Healing Activities of Living Saints in the Kingdom of Naples After the Council of Trent. In Ole Peter Grell and Andrew Cunningham, eds., Medicine and the Reformation (London, UK: Routledge, 1993). Fox, Sylvia. Witch or Wise-Woman? Women as Healers Throughout the Ages. Jaarboek Liturgie Onderzoek 8 (1992). Cave, Alfred A. Indian Shamans and English Witches in Seventeenth-Century New England. Essex Institute Historical Collections 128 (1992). Hicks, David. On Syphilis and Witchcraft, Current Anthropology 36 (1985). Waardt, Hans de, From Cunning Man to Natural Healer. In J.M.W. Binneveld and Rudolf Dekker, eds., Curing and Insuring. Essays on Illness in Past Times: The Netherlands, Belgium, England and Italy, 16th-20th Centuries (Hilversum, the Netherlands: Verloren, 1992). Harley, David. Historians as Demonologists: The Myth of the Midwife Witch. Social History of Medicine 3 (1990). Rubinger, Catherine. Witch or Saint: Absolutes in the French 18th Century Novel. Atlantis 11 (1986).


    Brian P. Levack is John Green Regents Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. A former Guggenheim Fellow, his other writings on witchcraft include Articles on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology (1992), The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe (1995), and Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (1999). Dr. Levack is also a specialist in the history of early modern England and Scotland, and has written several books on the subject.