Bewitched And Bedeviled: A Cognitive Approach To Embodiment In Early English Possession by K. Uszkalo

Bewitched And Bedeviled: A Cognitive Approach To Embodiment In Early English Possession

byK. Uszkalo

Hardcover | July 1, 2015

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Bewitched and Bedeviled offers a bold theoretical perspective on the body possessed. Narratives of early English demoniacs have survived in medical and philosophical treatises, salacious and cheap ephemera, and formulaic and culturally constructed depositions. Demon possessions have been read as power struggles and performances and contextualized culturally and historically, as a part of the legal system, village economics, and developing science. Using ideas derived from cognitive science, Kirsten C. Uszkalo constructs a framework which moves through the stages of possession and exorcism to describe how the social, religious, and medical were internalized to create the vivid and vexed cognitive, physical, and cultural manifestations of demon possession in early modern England.

About The Author

Kirsten C. Uszkalo is a specialist in seventeenth-century literature, early modern cultural studies, and women's writing and the author of a number of scholarly articles on witchcraft, possession, and digital culture. She is the lead editor of the Witches in Early Modern England Project and the editor of Preternature: Critical and His...

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Title:Bewitched And Bedeviled: A Cognitive Approach To Embodiment In Early English PossessionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:July 1, 2015Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1137512245

ISBN - 13:9781137512246

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Grounding Rage Possession
1. Early Diagnostics
2. Contemporary Theories
3. Embodied Spirituality | Embodied Cognition
4. Performance | Contamination
5. Reconciliation | Dispossession | Exorcism
Conclusion: Reproducing and Representing Demoniacs