HISTORY 375 - A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Section: 001
Term: WN 2015
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, America’s most famous witchcraft episode, drew on a long history of witchcraft belief, accusation, and prosecution in Europe and the New World. This course explores the long context of European witchcraft belief from medieval theology through The Wizard of Oz, American Horror Story, and Maleficent.

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 highlights patterns of gendered expectations that put certain people and groups at risk for witchcraft accusations. Witchcraft has produced an enormous array of modern reactions, ranging from historical and psychological analyses, to satanic and neo-pagan feminist revivals of witchcraft practice, to popular movies. With the return of torture as a mechanism of eliciting truth from America’s most feared foes, witchcraft provides a productive lens through which to view contemporary beliefs, values, and practices.

Course Requirements:

Assessment will be based on attendance and participation in lecture and sections, two midterm exams (one in class, one take-home), a final paper, and short assignments.

HISTORY 375 - A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Schedule Listing
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29495
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
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29496
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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29497
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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29498
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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29499
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Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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29500
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Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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29501
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Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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29502
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Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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29503
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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29504
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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ISBN: 0415195063
The witchcraft sourcebook, Author: Brian Levack., Publisher: Routledge Repr. 2003
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0312484550
The Salem witch hunt : a brief history with documents, Author: Richard Godbeer., Publisher: Bedford/St. Martins 2011
Required
ISBN: 0140481389
The crucible : a play in four acts, Author: by Arthur Miller., Publisher: Penguin Books Repr 1981
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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