The Virago Book Of Witches

Author: Shahrukh Husain

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349004250

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 272

View: 1728


A collection of more than fifty stories about witches from around the world. There are tales of banshees, crones and beauties in disguise from China, Siberia, the Caribbean, Armenia, Portugal and Australia. The characters featured include Italy's Witch Bea-Witch, Lilith, Kali, and Twitti Glyn Hec. Alluring women, enchantresses, wise old ladies and bewitching women: they are all here and ready to haunt, entice, possess, transform, challenge - and sometimes even to help.

The Virago Book of Erotic Myths and Legends

Author: Shahrukh Husain

Publisher: Virago Fiction

ISBN: 9780349005546

Category: Erotic literature

Page: 304

View: 9051


Uncovering a wealth of lore from diverse cultures around the world, Shahrukh Husain has gathered together an anthology that will delight and entice. Through subtle reworking, these erotic tales are given new expression whilst remaining faithful to the original texts.From the rapturous sexual awakening of Inanna and the bitter-sweet passion of Krishna and Radha, to Hera's deceit of Zeus in order to reassert her sexual power and bring back excitement to her troubled marriage, this collection of sexual encounters ranges from the holy, passionate, and dutiful to the forbidden, earthy and humorous.

Angela Carter's Book Of Fairy Tales

Author: Angela Carter

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349008213

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 5362


Once upon a time fairy tales weren't meant just for children, and neither is Angela Carter's Book of Fairy Tales. This stunning collection contains lyrical tales, bloody tales and hilariously funny and ripely bawdy stories from countries all around the world- from the Arctic to Asia - and no dippy princesses or soppy fairies. Instead, we have pretty maids and old crones; crafty women and bad girls; enchantresses and midwives; rascal aunts and odd sisters. This fabulous celebration of strong minds, low cunning, black arts and dirty tricks could only have been collected by the unique and much-missed Angela Carter. Illustrated throughout with original woodcuts.

Women Who Wear The Breeches

Author: Shahrukh Husain

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349004242

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 3780


Delicious and dangerous, this collection of fairy tales is a glorious tribute to women with 'do what thou wilt' bravado - those who dare to wear the breeches. They shed their female garb (and modesty) and don the male's role to save king, country, kin, and their own lives or for revenge, love, power and a good time. Shahrukh Husain's tales from around the world - riddles, battle triumphs, bawdy and moving stories - prove that no heroine, or hero, is as exciting and daring as the irresitible cross-dresser of fairy tales.

The Best Horror of the Year

Author: Ellen Datlow

Publisher: Start Publishing LLC

ISBN: 1597806463

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 3253


From Ellen Datlow (“the venerable queen of horror anthologies” (New York Times) comes a new entry in the series that has brought you stories from Stephen King and Neil Gaiman comes thrilling stories, the best horror stories available. For more than three decades, Ellen Datlow has been at the center of horror. Bringing you the most frightening and terrifying stories, Datlow always has her finger on the pulse of what horror readers crave. Now, with the eleventh volume of the series, Datlow is back again to bring you the stories that will keep you up at night. Encompassed in the pages of The Best Horror of the Year have been such illustrious writers as: Neil Gaiman, Kim Newman, Stephen King, Linda Nagata, Laird Barron, Margo Lanagan, and many others. With each passing year, science, technology, and the march of time shine light into the craggy corners of the universe, making the fears of an earlier generation seem quaint. But this light creates its own shadows. The Best Horror of the Year chronicles these shifting shadows. It is a catalog of terror, fear, and unpleasantness as articulated by today’s most challenging and exciting writers.

Witches

Author: Nigel Suckling

Publisher: AAPPL

ISBN: 9781904332473

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 110

View: 456


A beautifully produced, well researched and entertaining pocket history of witches. Included in this handy reference book is everything anyone ever wanted to know about witches - the myths, the legends, ancient lore and present day beliefs. Includes tales that fed the superstition; witches throughout history; recorded incidents from the Middle Ages; witches in fiction; and movies from the modern age. Fully illustrated, this is a truly fun compendium.

Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft

Author: Marion Gibson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351375393

Category: History

Page: 166

View: 700


Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft is an exploration of witchcraft in the literature of Britain and America from the 16th and 17th centuries through to the present day. As well as the themes of history and literature (politics and war, genre and intertextuality), the book considers issues of national identity, gender and sexuality, race and empire, and more. The complex fascination with witchcraft through the ages is investigated, and the importance of witches in the real world and in fiction is analysed. The book begins with a chapter dedicated to the stories and records of witchcraft in the Renaissance and up until the English Civil War, such as the North Berwick witches and the work of the ‘Witch Finder Generall’ Matthew Hopkins. The significance of these accounts in shaping future literature is then presented through the examination of extracts from key texts, such as Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Middleton’s The Witch, among others. In the second half of the book, the focus shifts to a consideration of the Romantic rediscovery of Renaissance witchcraft in the eighteenth century, and its further reinvention and continued presence throughout the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including the establishment of witchcraft studies as a subject in its own right, the impact of the First World War and end of the British Empire on witchcraft fiction, the legacy of the North Berwick, Hopkins and Salem witch trials, and the position of witchcraft in culture, including filmic and televisual culture, today. Equipped with an extensive list of primary and secondary sources, Rediscovering Renaissance Witchcraft is essential reading for all students of witchcraft in modern British and American culture and early modern history and literature.

Thealogy and Embodiment

Author: Melissa Raphael

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1850757577

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 3212


'Thealogy and Embodiment' both analyses and contributes to spiritural feminism's postmodern construction of the female body as a metaphor and medium of divine generativity. Addressing religious studies and women's studies students and all those interested in contemporary spirituality, Raphael counters reformist feminism's recurrent criticism of goddess feminism as naively essentialist and sub-political. She presents spiritual feminism as a set of religio-political manoeuvres that powerfully resist such patriarchal degradations of female/natural generativity as environmental destruction, weight-reducing diets, and menstrual taboos.

Constructing Adolescence in Fantastic Realism

Author: Alison Waller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135904634

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 3182


Constructing Adolescence in Fantastic Realism examines those fundamental themes which inform our understanding of "the teenager"—themes that emerge in both literary and cultural contexts. Models of adolescence do not arise solely from discourses of psychology, sociology, and education. Rather, these models—frameworks including developmentalism, identity formation, social agency, and subjectivity in cultural space—can also be found represented symbolically in fantastic tropes such as metamorphosis, time-slip, hauntings, doppelgangers, invisibility, magic gifts, and witchcraft. These are the incredible, supernatural, and magical elements that invade the everyday and diurnal world of fantastic realism. In this original study, Alison Waller proposes a new critical term to categorize a popular and established genre in literature for teenagers: young adult fantastic realism. Though fantastic realism plays a crucial part in the short history of young adult literature, up until now this genre has typically been overlooked or subsumed into the wider class of fantasy. Touching on well-known authors including Robert Cormier, Melvin Burgess, Gillian Cross, Margaret Mahy, K.M. Peyton and Robert Westall, as well as previously unexamined writers, Waller explores the themes and ideological perspectives embedded in fantastic realist novels in order to ask whether parallel realities and fantastic identities produce forms of adolescence that are dynamic and subversive. One of the first studies to deal with late twentieth-century fantastic literature for young adults, this book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of adult attitudes toward adolescent identity.