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Deadly Words : Witchcraft in the Bocage - Jeanne Favret-Saada

Deadly Words

Witchcraft in the Bocage

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Published: 2nd February 1981
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This book examines witchcraft beliefs and experiences in the Bocage, a rural area of western France. It also introduces a powerful theoretical attitude towards the progress of the ethnographer's enwuiries, suggesting that a full knowledge of witchcraft involves being 'caught up' in it oneself. In the Bocage, being bewitched is to be 'caught' in a sequence of misfortunes: a heifer dies, the wife has a miscarriage, the child is covered in spots, the car runs into a ditch, the milk cannot be churned, the geese become panic-stricken, or the bride-to-be wastes away. According to those who are bewitched, the culprit is someone in the neighbourhood: the witch, who can cast a spell with a word, a touch or a look, and whose 'power' comes from a book of spells inherited from an ancestor. Only a professional magician, an 'unwitcher', has any chance of breaking the succession of misfortunes which befall those who have been bewitched. He undertakes a battle of magic with the suspected witch, a battle which is eventually fatal.

There Must Be a Subject
The Way Things Are Said
The mirror-image of an academic
Words spoken with insistence
When words wage war
Between 'Caught' and Catching
Those who haven't been caught can't talk about it
A name added to a position
Taking one's distances from whom (or what)?
When the Text Has its Own Foreword
The Realm of Secrecy
Someone Must Be Credulous
Tempted By the Impossible
The Less One Talks, The Less One Is Caught
Telling It All
If You Could Do Something
A bewitched in hospital
She a magician?
The misunderstanding
Impotent against impotence
The Omnipotent Witch
The imperishable bastard
Speaking
Touching
Looking
A death at the crossroads
Ex post facto
Taking Over
Inexplicable misfortunes
The other witch
To Return Evil for Evil
Madame Marie from Alençon
Madame Marie from Izé
If you feel capable
Mid-way Speculations
Concepts and presuppositions
Attack by witchcraft and its warding off
Appendces
References
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521297875
ISBN-10: 0521297877
Series: Msh
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 2nd February 1981
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.42