Sorry for my silence; I’m off at a conference for work. Nonetheless, I’m happy to announce that my article on “Grimoires and the Conjure Tradition” has been published in the latest issue of the Journal for the Academic Study of Magic. A sample paragraph:
Outside of stories relating to such books, folklore has long concerned itself with the collection of charms and magical formulae. The irony is that many of these charms have themselves appeared in and been disseminated via written collections, as Stephen Bachter has pointed out regarding many such incantations collected in Germany. Within former folklore paradigms, great importance was placed upon the orality of tradition as a marker of “authenticity.” As a result, researchers sought to avoid or downplay sources obviously based upon a textual tradition (Hayes 1997, pp. vi-vii). More recent scholars have been more open to the collection of written material, pioneered by the work of Alan Dundes and Carl Pagter on office culture. Charms are seen as a form of literature, and indeed should be included and examined as part of that corpus (Dundes and Pagter 1975; see also Versnel 2002).
I later move on to discuss the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses, Egyptian Secrets, and The Long-Lost Friend.