- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Manchester University Press (January 23, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0719057094
- ISBN-13: 978-0719057090
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.5 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,258,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Male witches in early modern Europe
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Lara Apps is Graduate Student Ombudsperson at the University of Alberta, where she received a Master's degree in History in 2000
Andrew Gow is Professor of History at the University of Alberta
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However, rather than being a history, this book is a rant about contemporary scholarship of the history of witchcraft. The gist of the criticism is that there are way too many people bringing a feminist perspective to the field. Pages and pages are given over to all sorts of "proofs" of this feminazi neglect and yes, PREJUDICE against white men, I mean, the subject of male witches in the scholarship of the history of witchcraft. The actual history of male witches in early modern Europe is an excuse for the real topic of complaint about the state of the field.
Thus, this book breaks faith with the reader. It presents itself as a history book. It is in fact a rant against feminists in academia.
If the authors believe that the alleged neglect of the subject of male witches in the scholarship of the history of witchcraft is a fit topic, then perhaps they should raise it at conferences on the subject. Don't waste our time and money with it, and especially don't try to market your rant by calling it scholarship or history. It isn't.
I was once a professor, and this sort of crying and whining with footnotes is one of the reasons I got out of it. The only thing readers will learn from this book is that there are some people who are willing to waste great gobs of their time - and yours - being affronted.
I personally found this book quite interesting because it attempts to account for **why** such a large percent of accused witches were male, despite that Early Moderns associated witchcraft with feminity. The authors come up with a plausible answer: that the Early Modern view of gender was not so rigid as it may seem, but rather allowed for hierarchies within genders. Hence male witches could exist within the concept of "feminine" witch