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Unformatted text preview: l antiquity. Studying how magic was portrayed in the literary sources as well
as the spells and tablets themselves, we will think about magic’s relationship to the religious,
political and social contexts in which it was used. How this class works
This is not a lecture class where you will be passively soaking up knowledge, but rather a place
for discussion, collaboration and debate. We will spend our class time thinking together about
how interpretation and argumentation work, and will examine our own writing and the writing of
our peers with an eye to ﬁguring out how to make our scholarship as effective as possible.
Informed participation is the key to a productive semester. Read your texts actively and critically,
and come to class ready to debate. Not all students participate in the same way, however, and the
most important contributions to a discussion are not always those that are made ﬁrst, or most
frequently, or most insistently. Within the bounds of your own personal style, I demand that you
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2014 for the course WRIT 026 taught by Professor Traweek during the Spring '10 term at UPenn.
- Spring '10