Dr Robert J. Wallis

Dr Robert J. Wallis has been published in The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic, edited by Owen Davies and published by Oxford University Press. Dr Wallis’ chapter is entitled ‘Witchcraft and magic in the age of anthropology’. The book examines:

  • The story of witchcraft and magic – from the ancient world to Harry Potter
  • Covers 4000 years of magical practices and ideas in the West, from the first examples of spells written on clay tablets in the ancient world
  • Explores the magical beliefs of the Roman, Greeks, Jews, and early Christians – and the role of the Arabs in preserving the magical knowledge of the Ancients
  • Investigates what the archives really tell us about the witch trials of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
  • Tells the story of post-Enlightenment magic and the rise of Wicca in the twentieth century
  • Examines the anthropology of magic around the globe, from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries
  • Looks at the cinematic portrayal of witches and magicians, from The Wizard of Oz to Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Wallis, R.J. 2017. Witchcraft and magic in the age of anthropology In: O. Davies (ed.) The Oxford Illustrated History of Witchcraft and Magic: 225-252. Oxford: Oxford University Press.