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Beyond the witch trials
Owen Davies and Willem de Blécourt

mentalities and social control. At another level, the eighteenth century saw an increasing popular access to and engagement with printed material. While the extent of the growth of literacy during the Enlightenment is a matter of considerable debate, there is no doubt that there was a publishing boom, and that it was partly inspired by a popular thirst for literary knowledge. The rise of such printed formats as periodicals and newspapers have been seen as instrumental in the spread of enlightened knowledge across society. Yet as the work by Sabine Doering-Manteuffel and

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Witchcraft and the symbolics of hierarchy in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Finland
Raisa Maria Toivo

is obviously the whole aim of the process, eliminating his or her power or even a person may be an important aspect of the trial. However, I am not only referring to the ‘witch’ or ‘witchcraft’, but to the whole situation of uncertainty which was labelled with the symbolics of witchcraft. 49 Nenonen, Noituus, taikuus, pp. 123–36. 50 Ulvila 11–12 September 1676. Bielkesamlingen, vol. 27: 53v, 54, NAS. 51 A. J. Greimas and J. Courtés, Semiotics and Language: An Analytical Dictionary (Bloomington, [1979] 1982), pp. 87–91 (disengagement), pp. 100–2 (engagement). 52

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