Mar 24, 2023  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HIS 295-03 - Special Topic: Defense Against the Dark Arts: Social Scares in Chinese History

4 credits (Spring)
Magic in pre-modern China provides a way to understand how people thought about their societies and reacted to changes. Concerns and anxieties regarding the supernatural illuminate important  structures of power, including political authority, gender, family politics, and social stratification. In this class, we will examine Chinese magical practices, the labeling of the “dark arts,” accusations of sorcery and witchcraft, and encounters with the modern West and its foreign categories: science and religion.

Prerequisite: HIS 100  or second-year standing.
Note: Plus-2 Foreign Language Option Available
Instructor: Luo