Women, Witch-hunting & the Construction of Race & Gender in the Transition to Capitalism, XIV- XVIII Century

Winter 2014

Based on the book Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation, this class focuses on the the restructuring of gender relations through the witch-hunts, and other social/economic changes, in Europe, South America and the plantations economies of the Caribbean Islands during Middle Ages and the rise of capitalism. We also discuss the condition of women in the Caribbean plantations and the redefinition of gender roles in the Latin America after the conquista. We conclude with some discussion of the Enlightenment and a look at the reasons for the return of witch-hunting in our time.

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