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Clerical Conceptions of Magic and the Stereotype of the Female Witch

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dc.contributor.advisor Rivers,Kimberly
dc.contributor.author Moebius, Matthew Alexander
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-10T20:10:02Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-10T20:10:02Z
dc.date.issued 2011-12
dc.identifier.citation Volume VI, December 2011, pps.9-24. en
dc.identifier.uri http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/56663
dc.description.abstract Working from the foundation laid by leading historians of medieval witchcraft -- most notably Richard Kieckhefer, Norman Cohn, Michael Bailey, and Hans Peter Broedel -- this study examines the conceptual development of a predominantly feminine witchcraft stereotype as understood within the perceptions of the educated clerical elite. The theories of these historians, each approaching the study of witchcraft in different ways and addressing mostly separate aspects of the phenomenon, are reconciled with one another and tied together in hitherto unarticulated ways to form a single, cohesive narrative of the emergence of the idea of the exclusively female witch. The gradual evolution of clerical conceptions of magic shifted in the later Middle Ages from a masculine conception to a more gender-neutral one, opening the door to feminization. The construction of the witches' sabbat, influenced by largely feminine pagan mythological motifs, pushed the idea in the direction of a female conception. Finally, influential writings dominated by aggressively misogynistic ideology finalized the association between women and witchcraft. en
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dc.subject Medieval witchcraft en
dc.subject Mythology en
dc.subject Magic en
dc.subject Witch en
dc.title Clerical Conceptions of Magic and the Stereotype of the Female Witch en
dc.type Article en

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