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By Kimberly Stratton,Kimberly B. Stratton

ISBN-10: 0231138369

ISBN-13: 9780231138369

Kimberly B. Stratton investigates the cultural and ideological motivations at the back of early imaginings of the magician, the sorceress, and the witch within the historic global. Accusations of magic may possibly hold the loss of life penalty or, at least, marginalize the individual or workforce they precise. yet Stratton strikes past the preferred view of those accusations as mere slander. In her view, representations and accusations of sorcery reflect the advanced fight of historical societies to outline authority, legitimacy, and Otherness.

Stratton argues that the concept that "magic" first emerged as a discourse in old Athens the place it operated half and parcel of the fight to outline Greek id against the uncivilized "barbarian" following the Persian Wars. the assumption of magic then unfold during the Hellenized international and Rome, reflecting and adapting to political forces, values, and social matters in every one society. Stratton considers the portrayal of witches and magicians within the literature of 4 comparable sessions and cultures: classical Athens, early imperial Rome, pre-Constantine Christianity, and rabbinic Judaism. She compares styles of their representations of magic and analyzes the connection among those stereotypes and the social components that formed them.

Stratton's comparative strategy illuminates the measure to which magic was once (and nonetheless is) a cultural build that depended upon and mirrored specific social contexts. not like such a lot past reports of magic, which taken care of the classical global individually from old Judaism, Naming the Witch highlights the measure to which those old cultures shared rules approximately strength and bonafide authority, even whereas developing and deploying these principles in numerous methods. The booklet additionally interrogates the typical organization of ladies with magic, denaturalizing the gendered stereotype within the approach. Drawing on Michel Foucault's idea of discourse in addition to the paintings of different modern theorists, akin to Homi okay. Bhabha and Bruce Lincoln, Stratton's bewitching research offers a extra nuanced, ideologically delicate method of knowing the witch in Western history.

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