Magic and Masculinity: Ritual Magic and Gender in the Early Modern Era

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In early modern England, the practice of ritual or ceremonial magic - the attempted communication with angels and demons - both reinforced and subverted existing concepts of gender. The majority of male magicians acted from a position of control and command commensurate with their social position in a patriarchal society; other men, however, used the notion of magic to subvert gender ideals while still aiming to attain hegemony. Whilst women who claimed to perform magic were usually more submissive in their attempted ...

Magic and Masculinity: Ritual Magic and Gender in the Early Modern Era 2014, I.B.Tauris, London

ISBN-13: 9781780765594

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