Courses: History of the Occult and Witchcraft (HISTH237A01)
Enrollment limited to 35 students.
This course examines the historical situation that produced witchcraft and the occult sciences: How and why did people believe or claim to believe in witches, astrology, and magic? The second goal is to recognize how historians and recent authors (including film makers and artists) have used the past. Why are studies of witchcraft and astrology experiencing such a renaissance today? By combining a close reading of primary sources - ranging from texts to trial records to paintings and literature - with secondary sources, we will confront the challenges these activities pose for our understanding of the past and the present.
Fulfills: SO III
Haverford, Hall 007