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Charms, Charmers and Charming

International Research on Verbal Magic

  • Jonathan Roper

Part of the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic book series (PHSWM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Topics and Issues in Charms Studies

  3. National Traditions

About this book


Bringing together many of today's key scholars of verbal charming, these essays cover vernacular magical texts and practice from Malaysia to Madagascar, and from England to Estonia. As the most comprehensive collection of research on charms, charmers and charming available in the English language, it forms an essential reader on the topic.


England Europe gender Narrative poetry Russia Slovenia structure Tradition

Editors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Roper
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeedsUK

About the editors

PAUL COWDELL National Centre for English Cultural Tradition, University of Sheffield NATALIA GLUKHOVA Finno-Ugric Languages Department, Mari State University, Mari El, Russian Federation VLADIMIR GLUKHOV Freelance Researcher LEE HARING Professor Emeritus of English, Brooklyn College, the City University of New York RITWA HERJULFSDOTTER Doctoral Candidate of Ethnology, University of Gothenburg and Nordic Museum postgraduate school DAVID HUNT Professor Emeritus, London South Bank University HENNI ILOMÄKI Freelance Researcher VLADIMIR KLYAUS Institute of World Literature, Moscow MONIKA KROPEJ Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Slovene Ethnology, the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana LEA OLSAN Professor Emerita of English, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, USA LOW KOK ON Senior Lecturer, School of Arts of the Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia ÉVA PÓCS Professor Emerita, the University of Pécs, Hungary JONATHAN ROPER Teaching Fellow in English Language, the University of Leeds,UK JACQUELINE SIMPSON The Folklore Society T.M. SMALLWOOD Lecturer in English, the University of Ulster LAURA STARK Professor of Ethnology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland ANDREI TOPORKOV Researcher, Institute of the World Literature, Moscow MARY TSIKLAURI Associate, the Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature, Tbilisi, Georgia DAIVA VAITKEVI?IEN? Senior Researcher, the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore MARIA VIVOD Associate Researcher, the Centre National de Recherches Scientifiques, France

Bibliographic information


'In this ?New Age' of mass production of manuals of magic and Wicca-books, it is amazing how little scholarship has been produced about practical uses of magic, past and present. This rich book, authored by the leading charm experts, provides us not only with pieces of verbal magic, but also with interpretations, discussions and thoughtful comparisons. Charms, once considered a minor genre of folklore, are here opened up as a powerful source of diverse knowledge about European heritage, human thought, worldview, social conflicts and about magical solutions that charmers have offered to crisis situations worldwide.' - Ülo Valk, Professor of Estonian and Comparative Folklore, University of Tartu, Estonia, and President, International Society for Folk Narrative Research

'Thanks to its eclectic manner this book is a perfect source of information on what has happened in the fi eld of charm-related research lately. Last but not least, those who are interested in specific themes, methods, or types of charms will find the editor's introduction and the detailed table of contents with sub-headlines of essays particularly helpful. Charming, indeed.' - Toms ?encis, Numen

'The volume is essential reading for anyone interested in the study of charms. For the non-converted, it is an excellent introduction to the complexities and subtleties of a fascinating subject. In short, this collection augurs most positively for our Silver Age of charm research, which appears to be in safe hands.' - Bairbre N?? Fhloinn, Folklore