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Master of Arts (MA)
Eurich, S. Amanda, 1956-
Kennedy, Kathleen, 1963-
Set against the backdrop of the now infamous seventeenth-century witch-panic in Salem, Massachusetts, this thesis argues for a new conceptualization of the men who were accused of witchcraft. Rather than considering men as adjuncts to female actors in this narrative, or feminizing them to explain the accusations against them, this thesis argues that it was often their performance of hyper-masculinity put them at risk. Despite this focus, this thesis knits together a complex web of contextual and behavioral threads to explain accusations of witchcraft made against men in colonial New England. Additionally, this thesis argues that the writings of American demonologists like Cotton and Increase Mather illustrate an intellectual continuity between Old World and New, one that did not balk at the idea of male witches.
Western Washington University
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Lilley, Rachel E. (Rachel Elizabeth), "Unruly men, improper patriarchs: male witches in colonial New England" (2011). WWU Masters Thesis Collection. 163.