Witchcraft, Demonology, and Confession in Early Modern France
- Author: Virginia Krause, Brown University, Rhode Island
Denounced by neighbors and scrutinized by demonologists, the early modern French witch also confessed, self-identified as a witch and as the author of horrific deeds. What led her to this point? Despair, solitude, perhaps even physical pain, but most decisively, demonology's two-pronged prosecutorial and truth-seeking confessional apparatus. This book examines the systematic and well-oiled machinery that served to extract, interpret, and disseminate witches' confessions in early modern France. For the demonologist, confession was the only way to find out the truth about the clandestine activities of witches. For the witch, however, trial confessions opened new horizons of selfhood. In this book, Virginia Krause unravels the threads that wove together the demonologist's will to know and the witch's subjectivity. By examining textual and visual evidence, Krause shows how confession not only generated demonological theory but also brought forth a specific kind of self, which we now recognize as the modern subject.Read more
- Offers a close scrutiny of witchcraft treatises and a trial for witchcraft by a specialist of early modern literature
- The readable style makes this book accessible to a broad audience
- Offers a new perspective in the popular field of witchcraft studies
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- Date Published: February 2015
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781316236840
- contains: 8 b/w illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
1. From the witch's mouth
2. Dark truth: demonology's auricular regime
3. Dismantling demonology's confessional
4. Becoming a witch
Conclusion: lessons from the demonological night.
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