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In addition to the following bibliography, a listing of the assigned readings by class session is available.

Required Readings

Amazon logo Covington, Dennis. Salvation on Sand Mountain. New York, NY: Penguin (Non Classics), 1996. ISBN: 9780140254587.

Amazon logo Braude, Ann. Radical Spirits. 2nd ed. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780253215024.

Amazon logo Levack, Brian. The Witch Hunt in Early Modern Europe. 2nd ed. New York, NY; London, UK: Longman Press, 1995. ISBN: 9780582080690.

Amazon logo Boyer, P., and S. Nissenbaum. Salem Posessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1974. ISBN: 9780674785328.

Slyomovich, Susan. "Ritual Grievance: the Language of Woman?" Woman and Performance 5, no. 1 (1990).

Ong, Aihwa. "The Production of Possession: Spirits and the Multinational Corporation in Malaysia." American Ethnologist 15 (1987).

Amazon logo Christian, William. Visionaries: The Spanish Republic in the Reign of Christ. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1999, pp. 13-40, 243-254, and 287-301. ISBN: 9780520219489.

Amazon logo Briggs, Robin. Witches and Neighbors: The Social and Cultural Context of European Witchcraft. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 1998, pp. 137-157, and 259-286. ISBN: 9780140144383.

Amazon logo Willis, Deborah. Malevolent Nurture. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1995, pp. 1-43. ISBN: 9780801481949.

Amazon logo Rosenthal, Bernard. Salem Story. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1995, pp. 67-75. ISBN: 9780521558204.

Amazon logo Karlsen, Carol. The Devil in the Shape of a Woman. New York, NY: W. W. Norton, 1998, pp. 110-112. ISBN: 9780393317596.

Amazon logo Showalter, Elaine. Hystories. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1998, pp. 159-170, and 189-201. ISBN: 9780231104593.

Acocella, Joan. "The Politics of Hysteria," The New Yorker, April 6, 1998.

Rothenberg, Daniel. Gringo Organ Sellers.

Grann, David. "Stalking Dr. Steere Over Lyme Disease." The NY Times, June 17, 2001.

Amazon logo Loftus, Elizabeth, and Katherine Ketcham. The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse. New York, NY: St. Martin's Griffin, 1996, pp. 20-30. ISBN: 9780312141233.

Amazon logo Ofshe, Richard, and Ethan Watters. Making Monsters. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996, pp. 155-175. ISBN: 9780520205833.

Additional Readings

In addition to the required readings for the course, following sources for background reading and the assignment on witchcraft theories are suggested.

Briggs, Robin. Witches and Neighbors.

Cohn, Bernard. Europe's Inner demons.

Demos, John. Entertaining Satan.

Levack, Brian, ed. Articles on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology, v.3, Witch-hunting in Early Modern Europe: General Studies.

Levack, Brian, ed. New Perspectives on Witchcraft, Magic, and Demonology, v.4, Gender and Witchcraft.

Rosenthal, Bernard. Salem Story.

Sharpe, James. Instruments of Darkness.

Willis, Deborah. Malevolent Nurture.

Readings by Class Session

SES #TopicsReadings
2Videos and Discussion, Spirit PossessionClass Reader: articles by Slyomovichs & Ong

Start Covington, Sand Mountain.
3Film, The Holy Ghost people (PDF)Covington, all.
4Discuss Film and Covington Reading (PDF)
5Film, Secrets of the Psychics Braude. Radical Spirits. Chapters 1-4.
6Film, Telegrams From the Dead (PDF)Braude. Chapters 5-8.
7Discuss Spiritualism
8Divination and MagicReader

9Discuss Visionaries (PDF)Levack. Chapters 1-3


Briggs. "Projection of Evil."

Film, Strange Beliefs
Levack. Chapters 4-5.
11Heresy, Millenialism and Witch Hunting

Class Reports
Levack. Chapters 6.


Briggs. "Men against Women." Willis.
12Discuss European Witch Hunt

Class Reports
13Europe 2

Levack. Chapters 7-8.

Boyer & Nissenbaum. Chapter 1.
14Europe 3


Class Reports
15Film, Three Sovereigns for Sarah, Part IB&N. Chapters 2-5


Karlsen & Rosenthal.
16Three Sovereigns, part II
17Visit Salem Village (Danvers) (PDF)B&N. Chapters 6-8.
18Discuss Salem

Class Reports

Showalter, Acocella, Rothenberg, Grann.
19Salem 2

Class Reports
20Film on Space Alien Possession (PDF)Reader

Loftus & Ketcham, and Ofshe & Watters.
21Discuss Space Aliens, Split Personality (PDF)
22Film, Search for Satan
23Satanic Conspiracies, Recovered Memory
24Film, Divided Memories
25Divided Memories, Discussion


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