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Ghost Stories in Late Renaissance France
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Ghost Stories in Late Renaissance France: Walking by Night

Timothy Chesters

Abstract

Caught in the grip of savage religious war, fear of sorcery and the devil, and a deepening crisis of epistemological uncertainty, the intellectual climate of late Renaissance France (c. 1550–1610) was one of the most haunted in European history. And yet although existing studies of this climate have been attentive to the extensive body of writing on witchcraft and demons, they have had little to say of its ghosts. Combining techniques of literary criticism, intellectual history, and the history of the book, this study examines a large and hitherto unexplored corpus of ghost stories in late Ren ... More

Keywords: ghosts, fantômes, revenants, apparitions, demonology, witchcraft, purgatory, haunted house, Reformation, Counter-Reformation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199599806
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599806.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Chesters, author
Lecturer in French, Royal Holloway, University of London

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