Gender and contemporary fantasies of witchcraft

interrogators then demanded whether her mother had taught her anything? Magdalena hesitated again, but then said that her mother (who had died three months earlier) had told her that she must murder her children and that she had also killed the twins she had had in 1627 by crushing their temples. Her mother had also taken her to witches’ dances on a fire-iron but infrequently, as Magdalena had been unenthusiastic about attending. She was again asked about the death of her baby by her first husband but insisted that it had died of convulsions. When asked how she could have

in Witchcraft narratives in Germany
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Sibylle Lacan’s Un père: puzzle

-je tombée? Un père n’était-il pas un père? (pp. –) (My first real encounter with Judith crushed me. She was so nice, so perfect, and I was so awkward, so gauche. She was all sociability, at ease, I was the peasant woman from the Danube. She looked like a woman, I still had a childish air. That feeling lasted for a long time. Since then, I have come across this feminine specimen and I know how to deal with it. But at the time I was overwhelmed, guilty [. . .] A haunting memory is the vision of my father and Judith dancing like lovers at a local dance in Ramatuelle. What

in Women’s writing in contemporary France
The Spanish Gardener and its analogues

falconry and the primal experience of gardening feel like lessons in growth in that they contribute to a changing character, but in Billy Elliot ballet functions simply as entertainment for a toe-tapping audience. It feels replaceable, it is an obviously ‘feminine’ alternative to that masculine sport of boxing (Billy’s mother and grandmother are both associated with dancing and Billy uses his father

in British cinema of the 1950s
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Indigenous media and the Video nas Aldeias project

on the control of the equipment and on who appeared in the films, but Michaels also discerned some more aesthetic effects. For example, in a film in which an old man related a well-known story about a notorious massacre of Aboriginal people by police in the 1920s, the man walked into the field of the camera from a considerable distance. Michaels associates this with ‘bringing in the Dreaming’ at the beginning of a traditional ceremony, whereby the performers dance into the ceremonial ground from the particular direction from which the ancestral story underlying

in Beyond observation

ideas fornication → body apparently stuck in Shakespeare’s mind: in 1.3 Toby urges Andrew to ‘Accost [Maria] ... front her, boord her’ (54–5); when she rebuffs him, the pair fall to talking about the quality of their bodies: hair, legs, throats, and dancing skills (92–100, 110–37). Paul protests the Corinthians’ bouts of raillery and drunkenness much

in Reading Shakespeare’s mind
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Putting the countryside back to work

referred to attempts to blur the distinction between cultural producers and consumers, though ‘animation’ implied spontaneity and active group learning and ‘création’ implied longer processes.25 Whereas Malraux had attempted to democratize cultural consumption, so that all could consume the same high-quality cultural products, Lang attempted to democratize cultural production, so that popular and emergent forms could receive funding alongside museums and opera houses. The French government began to subsidize cartoon and comic exhibits, hip-hop music and dance festivals

in Street theatre and the production of postindustrial space
Letter to M. Cavell about cinema (a remake)

practice of music; motorized transportation destroyed the art of horsemanship; the great singing and dancing movies of the twentieth century coincided with the demise of routine instruction in singing and dancing for the middle class. How is it that I, a supposedly well-educated individual of the twenty-first century, can neither recite poetry nor play an instrument, nor ride a

in Cinema, democracy and perfectionism
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Global Britishness and settler cultures in South Africa and New Zealand

administrators to nurture an imperial culture but also by local social elites to justify and promote class cohesion and social order. While local elites gave particular meanings to the royal tours through the settler press, for many settlers, imperial rituals offered an opportunity to let loose, ‘to dance until midnight and drink till morning’. 43 The ‘Hermit of Adderley-Street’ reported, during Alfred’s 1860

in Royal tourists, colonial subjects and the making of a British world, 1860–1911
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Murphy’s misrecognition of love

of the earliest methods mothers use to calm their infants (and themselves) is by carrying them while pacing. May can selfcalm by creating just such a connection, as she becomes both mother and child, walking herself in a soothing, rhythmic dance, as the footfalls sound a beat of otherness like so many other repetitive sounds that calm the infant (presumably because they mimic a primary connection, in utero, to the mother’s heartbeat and movements). There is a suggestion that the sounds calm her mother as well: M: Mother. [Pause. No Louder.] Mother. [Pause.] V: Yes

in Samuel Beckett and the primacy of love
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the UK in the 1990s, clubbers, who considered themselves heterogeneous and difficult to stereotype, uniformly classified and disdained the “Tracys and Stacys dancing around the handbag;” that is, an imagined Mainstream female Other who attended dance clubs that were not considered as hip and exclusive as the carefully marketed rave parties that ravers proudly attended. In this instance, the Mainstream Other is a denigrated working-class female. The handbag signifies a mature woman – “the symbol of the social

in The autonomous life?