WOMENSTD 375 - A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
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, Harry Potter, and American Horror Story.

Witchcraft raises questions about human society and belief, about fear and responses to fear, and about the gendered norms that encourage the deadly persecution of groups and individuals. Modern responses to witchcraft range from historical and psychological analyses, to satanic and neo-pagan feminist revivals, to fantasy novels and movies. We will study them all. The topic is fun, and also deeply serious. In our current moment, when “alternative facts” offer fanciful explanations of hardship, and torture is again endorsed in a battle against sinister plots, the era of witch hunts offers unsettling parallels.

Course Requirements:

Assessment will be based on attendance and participation in lecture and sections, two midterm exams, a response to a film, a final paper, and short written assignments throughout the term.

Class Format:

Lecture and Discussions.

WOMENSTD 375 - A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
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29899
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
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29900
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7
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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29903
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10
 
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Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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29905
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6
 
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29906
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2
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
010 (DIS)
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29908
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0
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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