HIST118 - WITCHCRAFT & POSSESSION

Description: 
This course explores world witchcraft and possession from the persecutions of the early seventeenth century through the rise of Wicca in the twentieth. The mere mention of these terms, or of such close cousins as demonology, sorcery, exorcism, magic, and the witches' Sabbath, raises clear ethnographic and historical challenges. How can the analysis of witchcraft—including beliefs, patterns of accusation, the general social position of “victims,” the intensity and timing of “witch hunts,” and its relation to religious practice, law, language, gender, social marginalization, and property—lead us to a more humane understanding of belief and action? Films such as The Exorcist, The Blair Witch Project, The Crucible , and Three Sovereigns for Sarah will focus discussion.
Instructors: 
ST.GEORGE, ROBERT
Day and Time: 
TR 0130PM-0300PM
Room: 
COLLEGE HALL 314
Activity: 
LEC
Cross Listings: 
  • ANTH118401
  • GSWS119401
  • RELS109401