Bio

I am a specialist in seventeenth-century literature, early modern cultural studies, and women's writing and the author of a number of scholarly articles on witchcraft, possession, and digital culture. I am the lead of the Witches in Early Modern England Project and the Editor of Preternature, Critical and Historical Studies in the Preternatural (Penn State Press).

I am an active member in a number of national and international Digital Humanities projects, societies, and conferences, a regular participant in Humanities conferences and colloquia and workshops, and an enthusiastic and challenging teacher.

Bewitched & Bedevilled

Kirsten C. Uszkalo

My first book, Bewitched and Bedevilled (under contract at Palgrave Macmillan) uses cognitive science and neuroscience to understand possession phenomenon in early modern England.

Narratives of possession have survived in early English medical and philosophical treatises. Using ideas derived from cognitive science, this study moves through the stages of possession and exorcism to describe how the social, religious, and medical were internalized to create the varied manifestations of demon possession in early modern England.

Available at: Amazon | Indigo/Chapters | Barnes & Noble | Watersones | Angus & Robertson

Being Bewitched

Kirsten C. Uszkalo

My second book, Being Bewitched, is a micro-historical case study of an almost unheard of witchcraft accusation among the elite in 1620s London, is currently under preliminary review.

In 1622, thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Jennings fell strangely ill. After doctors’ treatments proved useless, her family began to suspect the child had been bewitched, a suspicion that was confirmed when Elizabeth accused their neighbor Margaret Russell of witchcraft. In the events that followed, witchcraft hysteria intertwines with family rivalries, property disputes, and a web of supernatural beliefs.

Learn more at Truman State University Press