WOMENSTD 375 - A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other Course Info:
(Gendered Lives).
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course uses a single historical event, the Salem Witchcraft outbreak of 1692, as the core of an exploration of the history and meaning of witchcraft belief and prosecution in Europe and America. It explores "what happened" during this highly dramatic episode in early American history, where Salem fits in the larger history of witchcraft, and why it continues to have such a powerful hold on the popular and scholarly imagination.

Readings:

  • Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft, new ed. (Harvard University Press, 1974).
  • Carol F. Karlsen, The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England (W.W. Norton & Company, 1998).
  • The Malleus Maleficarum of Kramer and Sprenger, edited by Montague Summers, New edition (Dover Publications, 1971).
  • Arthur Miller, The Crucible (1952) (Penguin Classics, 1995).
  • Jeffrey B. Russell and Brooks Alexander, A History of Witchcraft, Second Edition Thames & Hudson, 2007).

Course requirements:

  • Participation in section
  • Two exams during the term: one in-class exam and one take-home exam.
  • brief in-class assignments
  • Final Exam in the format of YOUR CHOICE: Take-home OR in-class final exam.

WOMENSTD 375 - A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
27535
Open
8
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
P
27537
Open
3
 
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W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
27539
Open
2
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
27541
Open
1
 
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Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
005 (DIS)
P
27543
Open
3
 
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Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
27545
Closed
0
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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