INST 213MAGIC in the ARTS and HUMANITIES†† Fall, 2005MWF 10-11

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Pat Aakhus††††††††††††††† ††† LA 3101Paakhus@usi.edu††

 

DESCRIPTION:Magic is a significant part of the integrated cosmologies of world cultures.The study of magic provides unique insight into aspects of contemporary world medicine, psychology, religion, art, literature, music and film.

 

TEXTS:

Magic in the Middle Ages, Kieckhefer

Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds, Ogden

Doctor Faustus, Marlowe

The Tempest, Shakespeare

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, M.R. James

One Hundred Folktales, Stith Thompson

 

Course Requirements

(40%)Eight quizzes on reading(30%) Midterm†† (30%) Final.

 

SCHEDULE OF LECTURES AND READINGS

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8/29 Survey of magic

 

8/31 Survey results; Excerpts and Definitions of Magic

Eglise Madeleine in Troyes††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

Kieckhefer 1, Introduction: Magic as a Crossroads

 

Cosmological Magic: Creation of world and soul

9/2 Creation by word: Genesis, Egypt, Maya.†† Destruction of World: Apocalypse

Deferred: Flood in Genesis, Gilgamesh, Metamorphosis, Mayan

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9/5 Creation by sacrifice: destruction of monster: Babylonian, Norse, Aztec†† †††

 

9/7 Immortality of the Soul: Egypt and Osiris.Introduction of Theurgy.

Kieckhefer 2††††† The Classical Inheritance

 

9/9 Creation by order and emanation: Chinese, Greek, Platoís Timaeus; Myth of Afterlife: Macrobius Ascent of the Soul †††††††††††

 

Descent to the Underworld††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††

9/12 Katabasis: Persephone, Hekate, Pythagoras, Orpheus, Japanese†† †††††††††††

Ogden 6.Witches in Greek Literature.

 

9/14 Katabasis: Hercules, Odysseus (Ogden 144) Theseus and Minotaur, Virgil, Buffy (Cumae, Reims, Chartres, Sunnydale) ††††

 

9/16 Katabasis: Christ and Harrowing of Hell, St. Marthe, St. Margaret (Alyscamps, Tarascon)†††††††††††

 

9/19 Katabasis: Dante (Dore)

9/21 Katabasis: Inanna and UR

9/23 Ram in the Thicket

 

Pharmakopia

9/26 Witches: Pharmacology: Circe (Ogden 72), Calypso (73) Medea, (66, 68. 69, 71)Erictho (96) Thessalian (107) MacBeth†††††††††††††††††††

 

9/28 Witches: Hekate (Ogden 66-69) Iynx, (224) Curse tablets, Apuleius (104 and 107)††††††††† †††††††††††

 

9/30 Witches: Persecution in Europe ††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††

Kieckhefer 8. Prohibition, Condemnation and Prosecution††††††††

 

 

Natural Magic: Weapons and Amulets

10/3 African Metallurgy: Smithcraft; Magic Weapons: Viking, Japanese swords Charlemagne, Roland, Arthur, Shield of Heracles, Athena, Beowulf†† ††††††††

Kieckhefer 3The Twilight of Paganism: Magic in the Norse and Irish Culture

 

10/5 Apotropaic Magic: Theurgy, Medusa, Evil Eye (Ogden 192-196), Romanesque demons†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Ogden 13 Amulets

 

10/7 Apotropaic Magic: Relics, Danse Macabre†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Kieckhefer 4 The Common Tradition of Medieval Magic

 

10/10 Magic Gems: Dragons and Gems: Cherokee, Japan, Norse ††††††††††††††††

Kieckhefer 5 The Romance of Magic in Courtly Culture

 

10/12 Magic Gems: Breastplate of High Priest, Solomon, Revelations, Reliquaries (Ogden 274, 276)

 

10/14 Magic Gems: Theurgy, Arabic Picatrix, talismans, Medici collection, poison detecting gems †††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Kieckhefer 6 Arabic Learning and the Occult Sciences

 

10/17 Natural Magic: Ficino††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

10/19 Saturn and Melancholy: Four humors, Durer††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††

 

10/21 Midterm exam

 

10/24 Divination: Hellenistic (Ogden 163, 166, 167), Crystal Gazing, Orthanc, Cherokee, Geomancy†††

 

10/26Divination: Signs in the Bayeux Tapestry

 

Ceremonial Magic

10/28Sorcerors: Abramelin the Mage and Ars Notoria

Kieckhefer7 Necromancy in the Clerical Underworld

 

10/31 Samhain and Sorcerors†† Doctor Faustus

11/2 Sorcerors: Doctor Faustus

11/4 Sorcerors The Tempest

 

Transformation

11/7 Initiation: Cupid and Psyche, East of the Moon, Beast††††

Thompson: 113-122

 

11/9 Animal wives: Melusine, Seal Wife, lamia. †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Thompson. 143-147

 

11/11 Werewolves: Ovidís Metamorphoses

 

Restless Dead

11/14 The Restless Dead: Ghosts: Greek Ghosts: Marathon, Elpenor††††††† ††

Ogden 8Ghosts†††††††††

 

11/16 The Restless Dead: Victorian Ghosts †††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

James 1-68

 

11/18The Restless Dead: Zombies: Romero and Social Critique†††††††††††††††††††

James 69-153

 

11/21 The Restless Dead: Vampires: Nosferatu, Dracula, Buffy

 

Apocalypse

11/28 Apocalypse: Maya, Hopi, Environmental

 

11/30 Apocalypse: Revelations and West Portals of Romanesque and Gothic Churches

Revelations.†††† http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/revelation.html

 

12/2 Apocalypse: Tarrochi

12/5 Apocalypse: LOTR (Helmís Deep, Isengard, Mordor; serpent slaying, volcano, darkness)

12/7 Apocalypse: Buffy, Nicholas Flamel

12/9 Review for Final-Survey of Magic††††††† 12/12 Final exam

 


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Posted 19 July 2005