HISTORY 375 - A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Section: 001
Term: WN 2013
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The Salem Witch Trials, the case that would become America’s most famous witchcraft 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 long context of European witchcraft belief from medieval theology through The Wizard of Oz and Ursula the Sea Witch.

Witchcraft raises questions about human society and belief, about fear and responses to fear, and about the cultural norms that encourage the deadly persecution of particular individuals. It also requires consideration of the patterns of gendered expectations that put one gender (usually female, but not always, as we shall see) at heightened risk for witchcraft accusations. Witchcraft has produced an enormous array of modern reactions, ranging from historical and anthropological analyses, to satanic and neo-pagan 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.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

1. Attendance at all lectures and discussion sections is required, and participation is strongly encouraged. Short assignments may be added in section or in lecture. (25%).

2. Two exams during the term: one in-class exam and one take-home exam. (20% each).

3. Attendance at UM performance of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (any performance, March 31st-April 10th), and a 2-3 page response paper (10%).

4. Final Exam in the format of YOUR CHOICE: Take-home OR in-class final exam. Take-home exam will be distributed in class on the last day of classes and will be due at the same time as the scheduled in-class final (25%).

HISTORY 375 - A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Schedule Listing
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ISBN: 0312484550
The Salem witch hunt : a brief history with documents, Author: Richard Godbeer., Publisher: Bedford/St. Martins
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: 0142437336
The crucible : a play in four acts, Author: Arthur Miller ; with an introduction by Christopher Bigsby., Publisher: Penguin Books Pbk. 2003
Required
ISBN: 0674785266
Salem possessed the social origins of witchcraft, Author: Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum., Publisher: Harvard University Press 24. printi 1974
Required
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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