CONN 332

Witchcraft in Colonial New England

This course undertakes the study of witchcraft in colonial New England from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives, drawing upon several of the best recent scholarly attempts to explain witchcraft and witch hunts. Students examine religious, political, sociological, anthropological, psychological, medical, legal, feminist, and cinematic interpretations of witchcraft. In addition to evaluating these disciplinary approaches, students analyze a set of primary sources from a witchcraft case and use multiple methodologies to develop an interpretation of it.