Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Update: General

I have done a little more editing of the General page down to W.E.H. Lecky's History of the Riseand the Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism (1865).

It strikes me that there is scope for a further detailed chronological historiography of witchcraft in the major European languages to complement Palgrave Advances in Witchcraft Historiography (2007), edited by Jonathan Barry and Owen Davies. Where that volume looks at major debates and advances, mostly within the academy, another is needed on the relationship between the scholarly and the popular.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Update: General section

I have uploaded a further version of the General section. It is only a short update to "Ha" because of the numerous errors and omissions which I have had to correct. If I can't locate a text using the bibliography, then it's not much use to anyone else! There are also a significant number of items which have had to be deleted because they say nothing about the history of witchcraft. This does not mean, however, that they are not worth reading.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Update: General section

I have uploaded the partially edited General section of the Bibliography. It includes a note about the process and a marker to show where this has reached.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Update: Welcome page

I have made some minor amendments to the Welcome page of the Bibliography.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Fairly recent new book

While I'm in a mood to post, I ought to highlight one book which came out during the unintended hiatus. It is Witchcraft and Masculinities in Early Modern Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), edited by Alison Rowlands as part of the series Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic. As I contributed to it, I can only say that anyone interested in questions about witchcraft and gender ought to read it. The other contributors apart from me and Alison are Robin Briggs, Rolf Schulte, Rita Voltmer, Oscar Di Simplicio, Julian Goodare, Malcolm Gaskill, Willem de Bl├ęcourt and Sarah Ferber.

Facebook group for the Witchcraft Bibliography Project Online

There is now a Facebook group for the Bibliography. We'll see if and how it evolves, but the purpose is to share information about new and omitted titles, witchcraft events (seminars, conferences, exhibitions, documentaries etc.), and so on.

It is a "closed" group, so you need to ask to join, but you can read the wall by searching for Witchcraft Bibliography Project Online within Facebook.


Schedules always seem to be interrupted, in this case by the continuation of enrolment issues in my faculty which lasted from September into December - so apologies. I will not be so ambitious this time and will only note that I am tidying up the General section of the Bibliography. This involves:

removing items which are not directly about witchcraft or its contexts;

transferring items to more appropriate bibliographies on the site;

checking that the bibliographic data is accurate and that titles, particularly those not in English, are correct;

adding links within the page to make it easier to navigate.

I have got to G and the file is definitely getting smaller, but some items will need to be transferred elsewhere later when I have checked precisely the range of subject matter in each.