HISTORY 375 - A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Section: 001
Term: FA 2020
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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 to 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. It reveals the gendered norms that encouraged 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 claims about “the greatest witch hunt in American history” fill the news, women’s bodies are subjects of national debate, and torture is again endorsed, the era of witch burnings offers unsettling parallels.

Course Requirements:

Assessment will be based on attendance and participation in lecture and sections, three unit assignments, two short film responses, section assignments, and a final paper. There will be no exams.

Intended Audience:

The course is open to all undergraduates and has no prerequisites.

Class Format:

Lecture and Discussions.

HISTORY 375 - A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
30129
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84
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
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30130
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16
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
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30131
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15
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
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30132
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20
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
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30133
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9
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
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30134
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14
 
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Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
007 (DIS)
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30135
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0
 
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Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
008 (DIS)
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30136
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Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
010 (DIS)
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30137
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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