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Mysteries, Memories, and Metaphors

in The Specter of Salem

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780226005416
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226005423 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226005423.003.0002
Mysteries, Memories, and Metaphors

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This chapter examines the role of cultural memory in the American imagination of the Salem witch trials and analyzes how it was formed. It reviews two competing narratives about the 1692 witch trials: Cotton Mather's Wonders of the Invisible World and Robert Calef's challenge to that version, More Wonders of the Invisible World. The chapter describes how these versions shaped the memory of Salem by the time of the American Revolution nearly one hundred years later.

Keywords: Salem witch trials; cultural memory; American imagination; Cotton Mather; Wonders; Robert Calef; Invisible World

Chapter.  11884 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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