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Author Baxstrom, Richard.

Title Realizing the witch : science, cinema, and the mastery of the invisible / Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers.

Publication Info. New York : Fordham University Press, 2016.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    133.4309 BAX    Available
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Description x, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Forms of living
Forms of living.
Summary "Benjamin Christensen's Häxan (The Witch, 1922) stands as a singular film within the history of cinema. Deftly weaving contemporary scientific analysis and powerfully staged historical scenes of satanic initiation, confession under torture, possession, and persecution, Häxan creatively blends spectacle and argument to provoke a humanist reevaluation of witchcraft in European history as well as the contemporary treatment of female "hysterics" and the mentally ill. In Realizing the Witch, Baxstrom and Meyers show how Häxan opens a window onto wider debates in the 1920s regarding the relationship of film to scientific evidence, the evolving study of religion from historical and anthropological perspectives, and the complex relations between popular culture, artistic expression, and concepts in medicine and psychology."--Back cover.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257- 273 and index.
Includes filmography.
Contents Introduction: What Is Häxan? -- Part I: The realization of the witch. The witch in the human sciences and the mastery of nonsense ; Evidence, first movement: words and things ; Evidence, second movement: tableaux and faces ; The viral character of the witch ; Demonology -- Part II: A mobile force in the modern age. 1922 ; Sex, touch, and materiality ; Possession and ecstasy ; Hysterias ; Postscript: it is very hard to believe.
Subject Häxan (Motion picture).
Witchcraft -- Europe -- History.
Witches -- Europe.
Christensen, Benjamin, 1879-1959.
Added Author Meyers, Todd.
ISBN 9780823268245 (hardback)
0823268241 (hardback)
9780823268252 (paper)
082326825X (paper)

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