Spellbound: Woman and Witchcraft in America

Hardcover | June 1, 1998

EditorElizabeth Reis

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Spellbound: Women and Witchcraft in America is a collection of twelve articles that explore crucial events in the history of witch-hunting and its demonization of women in American and American women's own use of witchcraft as a source of identity and strength, as well as the complicated relationship between the two. Beginning with the accused 'witches' of colonial America, Spellbound extends its focus through the nineteenth century to explore women's involvement with alternative spiritualities, and culminates with examinations of the contemporary feminist neopagan and Goddess movements.

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Spellbound: Women and Witchcraft in America is a collection of twelve articles that revisit crucial events in the history of witchcraft and spiritual feminism in this country. Beginning with the "witches" of colonial America, Spellbound extends its focus through the nineteenth century to explore women's involvement with alternative spi...

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Spellbound: Women and Witchcraft in America is a collection of twelve articles that explore crucial events in the history of witch-hunting and its demonization of women in American and American women's own use of witchcraft as a source of identity and strength, as well as the complicated relationship between the two. Beginning with the...

Elizabeth Reis teaches history and women's studies at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New England (1997).
Format:HardcoverDimensions:276 pages, 9.22 × 6.14 × 0.85 inPublished:June 1, 1998Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0842025766

ISBN - 13:9780842025768

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Economic Basis of Witchcraft Chapter 2 Female Speech and Other Demons: Witchcraft and Wordcraft in Early New England Chapter 3 Gender and the Meanings of Confession in Early New England Chapter 4 Dark Eve Chapter 5 "The Devil Will Roar in Me Anon": The Possession of Martha Roberson, Boston, 1741 Chapter 6 Seneca Possessed: Colonialism, Witchcraft, and Gender in the Time of Handsome Lake Chapter 7 Sojourner Truth's Religion in Her Moment of Pentecostalism and Witchcraft Chapter 8 "Hoodoo? God Do": African American Women and Contested Spirituality in the Spiritual Churches of New Orleans Chapter 9 Red Lilac of the Cayugas: Traditional Indian Laws and Culture Conflict in a Witchcraft Trial in Buffalo, New York, 1930 Chapter 10 Witchcraft as Goddess Religion Chapter 11 Affinities and Appropriations in Feminist Spirituality Chapter 12 In Whose Image? Misogynist Trends in the Construction of Goddess and Woman

From Our Editors

Spellbound: Women and Witchcraft in America is a collection of twelve articles that revisit crucial events in the history of witchcraft and spiritual feminism in this country. Beginning with the "witches" of colonial America, Spellbound extends its focus through the nineteenth century to explore women's involvement with alternative spiritualities, and culminates with examinations of the contemporary feminist neopagan and Goddess movements. A valuable source for those interested in women's history, women's studies, and religious history, Spellbound is also a crucial addition to the bookshelf of anyone tracing the evolution of spiritualism in America.

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This is an important collection for scholars interested in women's, religious, and Native American history, as well as American history in general.