RELS109 - WITCHCRAFT & POSSESSION

This course explores world witchcraft and possession from the persecutions of the early seventeenth century through the rise of Wicca in the twentieth century. 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.
Section 401 - LEC
MW 0100PM-0200PM
ST.GEORGE, ROBERT
COLLEGE HALL 314
Section 402 - REC
F 0100PM-0200PM
CURRY-STODDER, EMMA
MEYERSON HALL B2
Section 403 - REC
F 1200PM-0100PM
CURRY-STODDER, EMMA
MEYERSON HALL B2
Section 404 - REC
R 0430PM-0530PM
CURRY-STODDER, EMMA
WILLIAMS HALL 316