LIT/WGS 317: “The Witch in Literature”
1 Unit (4 Credits)
Summer 2013 Maymester (May 13 – 31, 2013)
Trip to Salem: May 19-22, 2013
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. In addition to the Maymester course, students will have the enhanced learning opportunity of traveling to Salem, Massachusetts for 4 days, where they will conduct archival research of the 1692 witch hunt at the Peabody Essex Museum (in addition to visiting many museums and living history programs). Through in-depth and on-site study of witch hunts and literary recreations of this figure, students will analyze the cultures which have persisted in creating, recreating and reviving this timeless, powerful and equally feared character throughout the ages.
This course is worth 1 Unit (4 credits) and will fulfill the following requirements:
- Liberal Learning (Gender)
- Religious Studies Minor Elective
- Women’s and Gender Studies Elective
- English Elective
The cost of the trip portion of the course is $500* and is paid in two installments:
first half - due April 8
second half - due April 15
This payment is due to the Office of Summer /Winter Programs (Green Hall 203) by check or cash. The cost of the trip portion of the course will include the following:
- daily visits to the Danvers Library (where students will conduct archival research of the 1692 manuscripts)
- tours of the Witch House, the Witch Dungeon and the Witch Museum
- private trolley ride to the Rebecca Nurse Homestead and Parris parsonage in Danvers
- walk with a private guide on an evening “ghost tour” of the Witch City
- lodging in the elegant Hawthorne Hotel, situated in the town center
- limited meals while on the trip
- guest lectures by Richard Trask and Marilynne Roach: two important historians/ scholars of the Salem 1692 period who have published many important books on the topic
*transportation to/from Salem is NOT included in this cost. Students must pay for their own transportation to/from Salem independently.
Additionally, please note that this number reflects the 2013 prices.
Students who have registered for the Summer 2013 LIT/WGS 317: “The Witch in Literature” course should complete the Salem Faculty Led Application 2013 by April 8, 2013. There is no additional fee for this Salem application.
*The trip portion is mandatory and students MUST ATTEND in order to complete the course*
Photos by Courtney Polidori, Summer in Salem 2010