... short and accessible works at once sensationalist and moralistic, sometimes clearly aimed at a wide audience, and usually concerned with describing an unusual event and employing it to demonstrate God's providence on earth. Thus cases of witchcraft were recorded and their significance pondered along with monstrous births, earthquakes, floods, whales washed up on beaches, cities destroyed by fire, and frogs rained down on the earth from the heavens.Sound familiar?
Sunday, January 11, 2009
It's the naily tail!
In an essay on the Renaissance debate about witchcraft in Michael Hattaway's Companion to Renaissance Literature and Culture (2000), the historian Jim Sharpe (much esteemed in this household) describes an emerging early modern print genre which he calls "wonder literature":