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

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

Label
Realizing the witch : science, cinema, and the mastery of the invisible
Title
Realizing the witch
Title remainder
science, cinema, and the mastery of the invisible
Statement of responsibility
Richard Baxstrom, Todd Meyers
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Contributor
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Subject
Language
eng
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 re-evaluation of witchcraft in European history as well as the contemporary treatment of "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. Häxan 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. Häxan 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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Baxstrom, Richard
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BF1584.E85
LC item number
B39 2016eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • filmographies
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • OAPEN Library
  • Meyers, Todd
Series statement
Forms of living
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Christensen, Benjamin
  • Witchcraft
  • Witches
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Folklore & Mythology
Label
Realizing the witch : science, cinema, and the mastery of the invisible, Richard Baxstrom, Todd Meyers
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Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 285 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780823268283
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
000040
System control number
  • (KUround2)605860
  • (OCoLC)922451652
  • (OCoLC-P)922451652
  • (KnowledgeUnlatched)(KU)605860
Label
Realizing the witch : science, cinema, and the mastery of the invisible, Richard Baxstrom, Todd Meyers
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 285 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780823268283
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
000040
System control number
  • (KUround2)605860
  • (OCoLC)922451652
  • (OCoLC-P)922451652
  • (KnowledgeUnlatched)(KU)605860

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