From fairy tales, short stories, novels, and plays to primary manuscripts from the Salem 1692 witch hunt — witches are everywhere! Travel to Salem, MA—“The Witch City”—to tour numerous historical sites, visit museums and witch shops, and take night-time ghost tours in this legendary early American village.
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Course: LIT 317 / WGS 317 / ENGL 670
Instructor: Dr. Michele Tarter
Class Meetings: Summer Session 1 – 05/21/2018 – 06/08/2018 – M,T,W,R 10:00am-1:15pm
Travel to Salem, MA 05/29/2018 – 06/01/2018
Course Travel Fee* (in addition to standard tuition/fees): TBD
The witch has been a figure in literary history since the beginning of time. Who is she, and what does she embody? Who creates her, and to what end? This course will explore the socio-historical constructions of this figure and trace her through a wide spectrum of literary texts, including legal and historical treatises, fairy tales, short stories, drama, film, children’s literature, poetry, and even cartoons. Because this course is being offered during Maymester, we will have the enhanced learning opportunity of traveling to Salem, Massachusetts for 4 days, where we will conduct archival research of the 1692 witch hunt, in addition to visiting many museums and living history programs. Ultimately, through our in-depth and on-site study of witch hunts and literary recreations of this figure, we will analyze the cultures which have persisted in creating, recreating, and reviving this timeless, powerful, and equally feared character throughout the ages.
This course fulfills the following requirements: Liberal Learning GENDER requirement; Religious Studies Minor elective; Women’s and Gender Studies elective; and English elective.
This course is available for Graduate Credit, by permission of the professor and the Graduate Coordinator for ENGL 670.
*Student must make their own arrangements to travel to and from Salem. Those expenses are not included in these fees.