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Syllabus FREN 1177
«Magicians, Witches and Wizards: Parallel Beliefs and Popular Culture in France from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century»

1. January 22
º Introduction – Vocabulary PPP
* In principio: From the Antique World to the Middle Ages
• Texts :Canon Law and Wichcraft p. 4-5
Stephen of Bourbon’s exemplum On the Worship of the dog Guinefort p. 12-13 • Film : Sorceress 1st part

2. January 29
* Pagan survival and Superstitions
• Texts : Hellequin’s hunt (La Maisnie Hellequin) p. 7-11 • Film : Sorceress 2nd part

3. February 5
Quiz nº 1 (15 mn)
* The Inquisition - Joan of Arc and Gilles de Rais
• Texts :Bernard Gui : Questions p. 50
The Trial of Gilles de Rais p. 14-16
• Film : The Passion of Joan of Arc (excerpts)

4. February 12
* The Renaissance and The Reformation: Witch-mania
• Texts : Jacques du Clercq : Mémoires p. 27-29
º PPP: Witch-hunters
• Film: The Return of Martin Guerre (excerpts)

5. February 19
Quiz nº 2 (15 mn)
* Demonomania : pros and contras
• Texts : Bodin p. 30-32 – Boguet p. 33-35– De Lancre  p. 36-38 Jean Wier p. 39-43 – Montaigne («Of Cripples») p. 44-48 Baruch Spinoza : The Non-Existence of the Devil p. 49 º PPP: From the Sabbat to the Stakes, history of a Witch

* The great Witch Trials
• Texts : Maryse Condé: I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem p. 51-52 • Film:The Crucible (excerpts)

6. February 26
* The great Witch Trials
• Texts: Gauffridi in Marseilles p. 53-62
Urbain Grandier : Devils in Loudun p. 63-70
Aldous Huxley, The Devils of Loudun p. 71-73
• Film : The Devils (excerpts)
* King Louis XIV and the Affair of the Poisons
• Texts:“The Magician Lesage” p. 74-79
“The Decriminalization of French Witchcraft” p. 80-81

7. March 5
Mid-Term (75 mn)
* The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters 1
• Film: Brotherhood of the Wolves (excerpts)

8. March 12
* The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters 2
The Gévaudan Beast ; Werewolves and Wolves Leaders (meneurs de loups) • Texts:Sabine Baring-Gould p. 113-117
* The Enlightenment: Mesmerism and Theosophy
• Texts:“Cagliostro” p. 82-86
“The Count of Saint Germain ” p. 87-90
• Film: Black Magic (excerpts)

9. March 26
• 19th century : the Gothic Revival
• Texts :Jules Michelet : “Diabolic Possession” p. 91-99
Huysmans: Down There p. 107-107bis
* From Lord Ruthven to Dracula: The Vampire
• Film:Vampyr (excerpts)
Nosferatu (excerpts)

10. April 2
Quiz nº 3 (15 mn)
* Spiritism : Allan Kardec, Madame Blavatsky, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle • Texts :Laboratories of Faith, p. 100-106
• Film : Spiritisme, from Kardec to nowadays
º PPP : 19th Century Myths

11. April 9
* The Return of the Repressed : From Fairy Tales to Urban Myths
Detectives of the Supernatural
• Film: Méliès’ The Black Imp (1905), Yhe Haunted Castle (1896))
Feuillade’s Les Vampires
* The Return of the Repressed : Old Myths and New Legends – The Surrealism • Text :Breton, Nadja p. 118-120
• Film : Cat People (excerpts)

12. April 16
* Voodoo (Haïti and Martinique)
• Texts :Loas (HuskyCT)
Exhibition Pamphlet (HuskyCT)
• Film : I walked with a zombie

13. April 23
Quiz nº 4 (15 mn)
* Modern Witchcraft –Structuralist and Anthropological Approaches • Text:The Savage Mind p. 121-123
Deadly Words - Witchcraft in the Bocage p. 139-150 º PPP: Theoretical Conclusions

14. April 30
• WWW:Witchcraft 101 on the Web
The Witch of Wokey Hole
The Interactive Museum of Witchcraft in Berry
Witch-Lynching in Africa
Scientific witchcraft: Magnétiseur-Medium ad.
º PPP: Summary
• Final Exam Review

Grading / Work Load:

Quizzes = 40 % (10 % each)
Mid-Term = 20 %
Final = 30 %
Attendance and Participation = 10 %

Grade Scale:
A = 90-100 ; A- = 83-89.5 ; B+ = 75-82.5 ; B = 68-74.5 ;  B- = 62-67.5; C+ = 58-61.5 ; C =...
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