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Comptes Rendus: Magic

Teaching Magic at Princeton

Princeton can boast two well-respected programs that cover respectively the history of science and the history of religion. But how does magic, so often the populist underbelly of institutional religion and science, fare in our scholastic endeavors? How do we entertain the history of magic in the university classroom; or to put it another way, how does one teach magic at Princeton ? This edition of Comptes Rendus collects the syllabi of three faculty members from three different departments who teach courses that focus on magic. Professor Stuart Clark, formerly of Swansea University , will visit Princeton ’s history department this fall and will teach “Magic and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1800.” Lawrence Rosen, a Professor of Anthropology at Princeton , provides his syllabus for “Magic and ‘Magic(al) Realism’ in American Social and Economic Life,” which he taught last year. The topic of “magical realism” also found coverage last year in English Professor Zahid Chaudhary’s course on “Magical States.”

--The Editors

Magic and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe , 1400-1800, by Stuart Clark

 

Magic and ‘Magic(al) Realism’ in American Social and Economic Life, by Lawrence Rosen

 

Magical States, by Zahid Chaudhary