Exorcising Our Demons: Magic, Witchcraft and Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe Charles Zika

ISBN: 9789004125605

Published: February 25th 2003

Hardcover

608 pages


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Exorcising Our Demons: Magic, Witchcraft and Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe  by  Charles Zika

Exorcising Our Demons: Magic, Witchcraft and Visual Culture in Early Modern Europe by Charles Zika
February 25th 2003 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 608 pages | ISBN: 9789004125605 | 3.69 Mb

This collection of sixteen essays deals with the role of magic, religion and witchcraft in European culture, 1450-1650, and the critical role of the visual in that culture. It covers the relationship of humanism and magic- the intersection ofMoreThis collection of sixteen essays deals with the role of magic, religion and witchcraft in European culture, 1450-1650, and the critical role of the visual in that culture.

It covers the relationship of humanism and magic- the intersection of religious ritual, orthodoxy and power- the discursive links between the visual language of witchcraft and contemporary anxieties about sexuality and savagery. The introductory chapter urges us to exorcise our tendency to reduce historical experiences of the demonic to forms of unreason created in a distant past.

Only then can we understand the role of the demonic in our historical definition of the self and the other. Richly illustrated with 112 images, the book will interest historians and art historians.



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