The Resource Realizing the witch: : science, cinema, and the mastery of the invisible, Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers, (ebook)

Realizing the witch: : science, cinema, and the mastery of the invisible, Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers, (ebook)

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Realizing the witch: : science, cinema, and the mastery of the invisible
Title
Realizing the witch:
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science, cinema, and the mastery of the invisible
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Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers
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eng
Summary
Benjamin Christensen's H<U+00de>axan (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, H<U+00de>axan creatively blends spectacle and argument to provoke a humanist re-evaluation 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 H<U+00de>axan opens a window onto wider debates in the 1920's 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. H<U+00de>axan is a film that travels along the winding path of art and science rather than between the narrow division of "documentary" and "fiction." Baxstrom and Meyers reveal how Christensen's attempt to tame the irrationality of "the witch" risked validating the very "nonsense" that such an effort sought to master and dispel. H<U+00de>axan is a notorious, genre-bending, excessive cinematic account of the witch in early modern Europe. Realizing the Witch not only illustrates the underrated importance of the film within the canons of classic cinema, it lays bare the relation of the invisible to that which we cannot prove but nevertheless "know" to be there
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Midwest
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Baxstrom, Richard
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133.4/309
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no index present
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Meyers, Todd
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  • Witchcraft
  • Witches
  • Christensen, Benjamin
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adult
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Realizing the witch: : science, cinema, and the mastery of the invisible, Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers, (ebook)
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1 online resource
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  • online
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9780823268269
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11820861
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remote
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11820861
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MWT11820861
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Realizing the witch: : science, cinema, and the mastery of the invisible, Richard Baxstrom and Todd Meyers, (ebook)
Link
Publication
Color
multicolored
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780823268269
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11820861
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11820861
System control number
MWT11820861
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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