Fearless wives and frightened shrews: the construction of by Sigrid Brauner

By Sigrid Brauner

In fifteenth-century Germany, ladies have been singled out as witches for the 1st time in heritage; this e-book explores why. Sigrid Brauner examines the connections between 3 imperative advancements in early sleek Germany: a shift in gender roles for ladies; the increase of a brand new city excellent of femininity; and the witch hunts that swept throughout Europe from 1435 to 1750. "In medieval discourse on witchcraft, Brauner argues, women and men have been assumed to turn into witches in approximately equivalent numbers. yet beginning with the infamous Malleus Maleficarum (1487), witchcraft was once reinterpreted as a gender-specific crime: its authors contentiously argued that almost all witches have been girls and associated the crime of witchcraft to women's voracious sexual appetites. Protestant authors equivalent to Martin Luther, Paul Rebhun, and Hans Sachs. . . brushed off such lurid claims approximately women's sexuality. yet they persisted to work out witchcraft as a feminine crime. . . . so much particularly in Rebhun's and Sach's paintings, the witch is linked to disobedience to husbands and irrelevant gender habit. therefore Brauner's cautious and clever readings of those authors recommend . . . that keeping gender hierarchy may possibly certainly were a concern for German authorities."-Signs "Brauner's e-book speaks expertly and persuasively to a various viewers . . . attracted to sleek literary, cultural, and gender experiences. . . . [It] is a excitement to read."-German Quarterly "Raises attention-grabbing questions about the genesis of the trendy social difficulties of race, gender, and sophistication oppression, and locates their roots within the early glossy period."-Choice till her unintended demise in 1992, Sigrid Brauner was once assistant professor of German literature on the college of Massachusetts Amherst. Her publication used to be edited for ebook via her buddy robert h. brown, writer of Nature's Hidden Terror: Violent Nature Imagery in Eighteenth-Century Germany.

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She had been elected to the executive committee of our Women's Studies Program and to the executive board of the Massachusetts Society of Professors, our faculty union. She was present at the tiny meetings of the Faculty and Staff for Human Rights and a Responsible University as that group tried to respond to a racist assault in the UMass dorms. In the weeks before her trip to Jamaica, she organized a Five College faculty seminar for medievalists that was intended to rethink the Middle Ages in the light of multiculturalism.

Although their book was calculated to cure this unfortunate blindness to the danger of witchcraft, after its publication neither author ever convened another witch trial. 17 Clearly, a growing need was felt in educated circles to learn more about this new creature called the modern witch. Who exactly was she? 18 Four characteristics distinguish the modern witch: using magic to harm others, attending secret "Sabbath" meetings, flying through the air at night, and sealing a pact with the devil by copulating with him.

Although their book was calculated to cure this unfortunate blindness to the danger of witchcraft, after its publication neither author ever convened another witch trial. 17 Clearly, a growing need was felt in educated circles to learn more about this new creature called the modern witch. Who exactly was she? 18 Four characteristics distinguish the modern witch: using magic to harm others, attending secret "Sabbath" meetings, flying through the air at night, and sealing a pact with the devil by copulating with him.

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