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The magic in the brain: how conjuring works to deceive our minds

Massimo Polidoro

in Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain: Separating fact from fiction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198568773
eISBN:
9780191693779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

‘Conjuring’ is a word that indicates the ancient art of making sensorial or optical illusions appear as real. It is a form of entertainment in which, by the use of trickery, the conjurer appears to ... More


The Atheist's Sermon: Belief, Unbelief, and Traditionalism in the Elizabethan North

David. Cressy

in Travesties and Transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England: Tales of Discord and Dissension

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780198207818
eISBN:
9780191677809
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207818.003.0011
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, Cultural History

This chapter deals with John Mynet, a Nottinghamshire landowner who was accused in 1590 of a slate of offences including atheism, slander, brawling, and conjuring. His gravest offence, which set him ... More


The Revival of Revolt: Conjure, Slave Insurrection, and the Novel of Enthusiasm

John Mac Kilgore

in Mania for Freedom: American Literatures of Enthusiasm from the Revolution to the Civil War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781469629728
eISBN:
9781469629742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629728.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter discusses the historical role that African and Afro-Protestant revival and conjure religion played in fomenting slave rebellions in the Americas. Pointing to the influence that slave ... More


Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition

Yvonne Chireau

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520209879
eISBN:
9780520940277
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520209879.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This book looks at the origins, meaning, and uses of Conjure—the African American tradition of healing and harming that evolved from African, European, and American elements—from the slavery period ... More


Introduction

Yvonne P. Chireau

in Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520209879
eISBN:
9780520940277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520209879.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter is an introduction to a book that examines the role of black magic and religion in the African American spirituality. It begins by defining magic and religion, and explains that, in some ... More


“Our Religion and Superstition Was All Mixed Up”: Conjure, Christianity, and African American Supernatural Traditions

Yvonne P. Chireau

in Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520209879
eISBN:
9780520940277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520209879.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter considers the centrality of supernatural traditions of Conjure in the African American spirituality, presenting examples from various historical contexts. Conjure is a magical tradition ... More


“Africa was a Land aʼ Magic Power Since de Beginninʼ a History”: Old World Sources of Conjuring Traditions

Yvonne P. Chireau

in Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520209879
eISBN:
9780520940277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520209879.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter discusses the potential sources of black American supernaturalism, considering the African, European, and American sources of Conjure as it emerged among blacks in the United States. The ... More


“Folks Can Do Yuh Lots of Harm”: African American Supernatural Harming Traditions

Yvonne P. Chireau

in Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520209879
eISBN:
9780520940277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520209879.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines use of supernatural traditions by African Americans for causing affliction. Harming practices include Conjure, supernatural oath taking, witchcraft, and poisoning. The use of ... More


“We All Believed in Hoodoo”: Conjure and Black American Cultural Traditions

Yvonne P. Chireau

in Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520209879
eISBN:
9780520940277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520209879.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter explores some of the public impressions of Conjure in the decades between Emancipation and the first half of the twentieth century. After the slavery period, black supernatural ... More


Conclusion

Yvonne P. Chireau

in Black Magic: Religion and the African American Conjuring Tradition

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520209879
eISBN:
9780520940277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520209879.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter provides the conclusion to this study of the relationship between African American religion and conjuring practices, discussing the origin and development of supernatural beliefs and ... More


The Demise of Dr. Buzzard: Black Belt Hoodoo between the Two World Wars

Katrina Hazzard-Donald

in Mojo Workin': The Old African American Hoodoo System

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037290
eISBN:
9780252094460
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037290.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the black belt Hoodoo complex between the two world wars, with particular emphasis on the demise of Dr. Buzzard. Also known as Stepheney Robinson, Dr. Buzzard is Hoodoo's most ... More


Haint Stories Rooted in Conjure Science: Indigenous Scientific Literacies in Andrea Hairston’s Redwood and Wildfire

Grace L. Dillon

in Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9781628461237
eISBN:
9781626740686
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461237.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Grace L. Dillon, in “Haint Stories Rooted in Conjure Science: Indigenous Scientific Literacies in Andrea Hairston’s Redwood and Wildfire,” emphasizes how this novel deconstructs the excessive ... More


As You Like It and Believing If You Please

Richard C. McCoy

in Faith in Shakespeare

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199945764
eISBN:
9780199333196
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945764.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Criticism/Theory

When Rosalind tells her admirers, “Believe then, if you please, that I can do strange things,” she makes the same promise to the audience. We too are invited to believe if we please, and we are ... More


“The Stolen Voice”: Charles Chesnutt, Whiteness, and the Politics of Folklore

Shirley Moody-Turner

in Black Folklore and the Politics of Racial Representation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617038853
eISBN:
9781621039785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617038853.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

Chapter five details how Charles Chesnutt, in The Conjure Woman (1899), experimented with African American folklore, especially conjure and ritual, as a way to critique the existing epistemological ... More


Trickster Poetics at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Rei Magosaki

in Tricksters and Cosmopolitans: Cross-Cultural Collaborations in Asian American Literary Production

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780823271306
eISBN:
9780823271351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823271306.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter is on writers considered to be “the first” African American and Asian American literature: Charles Chesnutt and Sui Sin Far. The chapters explore the “double-voiced” acts of ... More


Caught within the Shadow

Craig R. Prentiss

in Staging Faith: Religion and African American Theater from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814707951
eISBN:
9780814708408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814707951.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines plays that share a common theme—embracing progress through education—in which the writers depict both conservative, southern Christianity and African conjuring traditions as ... More


‘Dutchland Devil’: The prince and the pamphleteers, August-December 1642

Mark Stoyle

in The Black Legend of Prince Rupert's Dog: Witchcraft and Propaganda during the English Civil War

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780859898591
eISBN:
9781781384978
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780859898591.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter focuses on the series of vituperative attacks which were launched against the prince by Parliamentarian polemicists during the opening months of the Civil War (by which time Rupert had ... More


On Flags and Fraternities: Lessons in History in Charles Chesnutt’s “Po’Sandy”

Margaret D. Bauer

in Passing in the Works of Charles W. Chesnutt

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734164
eISBN:
9781621036050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734164.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter discusses the issue of flying the Confederate flag and focuses specifically on Charles Waddell Chesnutt’s conjure tale “Po’ Sandy.” In this tale, Chesnutt illuminates clearly how a ... More


From Swamp Doctor to Conjure Woman: Exploring “Science” and Race in Nineteenth-Century America

Bruce Blansett

in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines important intersections between Henry Clay Lewis’s Odd Leaves from the Life of a Louisiana Swamp Doctor and Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Conjure Woman and Other Conjure Tales. It ... More


Potency and Performance

Graham M. Jones

in Trade of the Tricks: Inside the Magician's Craft

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520270466
eISBN:
9780520950528
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520270466.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

This chapter examines the kinds of prestige and authority that magical abilities can confer, with particular emphasis on the issues of gender and power relations that are linked to the performative ... More


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