Yvonne Petry

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Yvonne Petry

Dr. Yvonne Petry
LC 205
306.585.5039
yvonne.petry@uregina.ca


Dr. Yvonne Petry has taught history at Luther College at the Unviersity of Regina since 1998. She graduated with an M.A. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1991 and a Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba in 1997. Her field is Early Modern European history, with a particular interest in the relationship between magic, religion, and science in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century France. Her current research focuses on the attitudes of early modern French physicians and surgeons towards magic, witchcraft and demonic possession. She regularly presents her work at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, the Southern Association of the History of Medicine and Science and elsewhere. She supervises both masters and honours students in early modern history and teaches at all levels. She also serves as Assistant Dean of Luther College at the University of Regina. She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan with her husband, Gary Diver. She is an avid fan of opera, nineteenth-century literature and Scottish country dancing. She and her husband participate in Scottish and multicultural events in Regina, Saskatchewan on a regular basis.

 

Courses Taught

HIST 115 – Issues in European History
HIST 270 – Europe, 1400-1648: Renaissance and Reformation
HIST 271 – Health, Disease and the Body: The History of Medicine in Western Culture
HIST 272 – Gender and the Body in Early Modern Europe
HIST 370 – The European Reformations
HIST 373 – The European Witch Hunts
HIST 400/800 – Theories of History
HIST 472 – From Magic to Science: The Evolution of Early Modern European Thought

 

Current Research

  • Preparation of a book on sixteenth-century medicine, entitled Illness and Infection in the Era of the European  Witch Hunts
  • Preparation of an article on French apothecary Laurent Catelan.

 

Selected Recent Academic Publications

Vision, Medicine and Magic: Bewitchment and Lovesickness in Jacques Grévin’s Deux Livres des vénins (1568).”In Religion and the Senses in Early Modern Europe. Eds. Wietse de Boer and Christine Göttler. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013. 455-472.

“Many Things Surpass our Knowledge’: An Early Modern Surgeon on Magic, Witchcraft and Demonic Possession.” Social History of Medicine  25 (2012): 47-64.

Gender, Kabbalah and the Catholic Reformation: The Mystical Theology of Guillaume Postel (1510-1581) (Leiden: Brill, 2004).

Webs of Reality: Social Perspectives on Science and Religion, co-authored with William Stahl, Robert Campbell and Gary Diver (Piscatawy, NJ: Rutgers, 2002).

 

Selected Recent Presentations

“Early Modern Demonic Possession as a Response to Trauma,” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico (October, 2013).

“The Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychic Trauma: A Comparative Analysis of Possession and PTSD” (co-authored with Regan Shercliffe, PhD) Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science, Charleston (February, 2013).

 

Supervision of Graduate and Honours Students

Honours Paper in History. Laura Hochban, “’A Natural and Necessary Thing’: The Consequences of Martin Luther’s Marriage Reforms on Women in Sixteenth-Century Germany” (2013).

M.A. in History. Melissa Munro, “Studying Female Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century London: A Historiographical Analysis” (2012).

Honours Paper in History. Jill Kergan, “Portentous Propaganda: Interpretations of Monstrous Births in the Early Modern Era” (2010).

M.A. in History. Geoffrey Loken, “Lost Tribes and the Devil’s Army: The Changing Role of Native Americans in the Puritan Imagination” (2009).