Reading the Salem Witch Child : The Guilt of Innocent Blood Hardback
Part of the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic series
This book discusses the role of children in the Salem witch trials through a close reading of the many and varied narratives of the trials, including court records, contemporary and historical documents, fiction, drama, and poetry.
Taking a critical theory approach to explore both what we might understand as a child in 1692 New England and to consider our adult investment in reading the child, Kristina West explores narratives of the afflicted girls and the many accused children whom are often absent or overlooked in histories, and considers how the trial structure is continually repeated in attempts to establish the respective guilt and innocence of these and other groups.
This book also analyses later manuscripts and fictional rewritings of the trials to question the basis on which assumptions about the child in history are made, and to consider why such narratives of Salem's children are still relevant now.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 232 pages, XIX, 232 p.
- Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland AG
- Publication Date: 11/11/2020
- Category: History of the Americas
- ISBN: 9783030493035