HISTORY 375 - A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

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. Ideas about gendered bodies played out in deadly ways during the time era of witch-burnings. Modern responses to witchcraft range from historical and psychological analysis, 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 politicians claim to be victims of witch hunts, women's bodies are subjects of national debate, and torture is again endorsed, the historical witch-craze offers unsettling parallels.

Course Requirements:

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:

All interested undergraduates

Class Format:

Lecture and discussion

Schedule

HISTORY 375 - A History of Witchcraft: The 1692 Salem Trials in Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
35101
Open
3
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
 Online
35102
Closed
0
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
 Online
35103
Closed
0
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
35104
Closed
0
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
35105
Open
1
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
 Online
35106
Open
1
 
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Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
007 (DIS)
 In Person
35107
Closed
0
 
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Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
008 (DIS)
 In Person
35108
Closed
0
 
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Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
009 (DIS)
 In Person
35109
Open
1
 
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Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
010 (DIS)
 In Person
35110
Closed
0
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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