30.10.17

Picturing the Witch

Jonathan Barry, Owen Davies, Cornelie Usborne. Cultures of Witchcraft in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present. Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic. (31 October)

Daniel A Schulke, Tom Allen, Martin Duffy. Witch-Ikon: Witchcraft in Art and Artifact. Three Hands Press (October 2017)
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Barry, Jonathan, Davies, Owen, Usborne, Cornelie. Cultures of Witchcraft in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present. Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic. (31 October)

This volume is a collection based on the contributions to witchcraft studies of Willem de Bl├ęcourt, to whom it is dedicated, and who provides the opening chapter, setting out a methodological and conceptual agenda for the study of cultures of witchcraft (broadly defined) in Europe since the Middle Ages. It includes contributions from historians, anthropologists, literary scholars and folklorists who have collaborated closely with De Bl├ęcourt. Essays pick up some or all of the themes and approaches he pioneered, and apply them to cases which range in time and space across all the main regions of Europe since the thirteenth century until the present day. While some draw heavily on texts, others on archival sources, and others on field research, they all share a commitment to reconstructing the meaning and lived experience of witchcraft (and its related phenomena) to Europeans at all levels, respecting the many varieties and ambiguities in such meanings and experiences and resisting attempts to reduce them to master narratives or simple causal models.

Daniel A Schulke, Tom Allen, Martin Duffy. Witch-Ikon: Witchcraft in Art and Artifact Three Hands Press (October 2017)

The figure of the Witch has haunted the margins of religion and spirituality for thousands of years, as a figure of transgressive spiritual power, outlaw magic, and alluring sexuality. Equally pervasive is her presence in art, from ancient depictions in the near east, through the European Middle Ages, down to her present representations in occult subculture.Witch-Ikon gathers a selection of images of witches and their diabolical magic, emphasising the range of artistic depictions that have helped coalesce this most powerful of modern supernatural icons. Numerous full colour images are accompanied by several scholarly essays concerning the iconography of witchcraft and the images used to represent witches through time. Also included are numerous photographs from museum and private collections documenting occult artefacts used in witchcraft throughout diverse eras.