WOMENSTD 375 - A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In 1692, the notorious witchcraft trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem, however, did not arise out of the blue. The episode drew on a long history of witchcraft belief, accusation, and prosecution in Europe and the New World. In order to understand Salem and the phenomenon of witchcraft more generally, this course explores the seemingly familiar story of Salem and places it in the long context of European witchcraft belief. Fascinating and chilling in its own right, the phenomenon of witchcraft raises productive and provocative questions about human society and belief, about fear and responses to fear, about the cultural norms that permit and even encourage the deadly persecution of particular individuals, and the patterns of gendered expectations that put one gender (usually female, but not always, as we shall see) at heightened risk for witchcraft accusations. Belief in magic and witchcraft assumed widely varied forms across Europe, and the topic allows no easy answers. Moreover, although it seems at first glance an artifact of the distant past, witchcraft has produced an enormous array of modern reactions, ranging from historical and anthropological analyses, to satanic and earth-mother feminist revivals of witchcraft practice, to popular, sensationalized novels and movies. Most recently, with the recrudescence of torture as a mechanism of eliciting truth from American society’s most feared foes, witchcraft provides a productive lens through which to view contemporary beliefs, values, and practices.

WOMENSTD 375 - A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
37623
Open
11
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
P
37625
Open
2
 
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Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
37627
Open
1
 
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Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
37629
Open
1
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
37631
Closed
0
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
37633
Open
3
 
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
41219
Open
4
 
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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Note:
Other reading materials to be distributed in class in advance of their assignment.
ISBN: 9780195135756
Magic, witchcraft, and ghosts in the Greek and Roman worlds : a sourcebook, Author: Ogden, Daniel., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2002
Required
ISBN: 0801486114
Damned women : sinners and witches in Puritan New England, Author: Elizabeth Reis., Publisher: Cornell University Press 1. print., 1999
Required
ISBN: 0812217519
Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700 : a documentary history, Author: edited by Alan Charles Kors and Edward Peters ; revised by Edward Peters., Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press 2nd ed. 2001
Required
ISBN: 0674785266
Salem possessed : the social origins of witchcraft, Author: [by] Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, Publisher: Harvard University Press 24. printi 1974
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0500286345
A history of witchcraft, sorcerers, heretics & pagans, Author: Jeffrey B. Russell & Brooks Alexander., Publisher: Thames & Hudson 2nd ed. 2007
Required
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