Emotions in the History of Witchcraft

  • Laura Kounine
  • Michael Ostling

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions book series (Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. In Representation

  3. On Trial

  4. In the Mind

  5. In History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Malcolm Gaskill
      Pages 269-279
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 281-321

About this book


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.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Laura Kounine
    • 1
  • Michael Ostling
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SussexFalmer, BrightonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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