Anti-Semitism in Classical English Literature: The Portrayal of Shylock; Fagin and Svengali (Remote)

Bruce Ogron
Attorney, Instructor of Lifelong Learning
Thursdays, June 3 - 24
7-8:30 p.m. ET

The Merchant of Venice, Oliver Twist and Trilby are English literary classics, which have stood the test of time. Each work’s lasting relevance is due, in large part, to the influence of its leading Jewish character. In fact, the characters have become so synonymous with their Jewishness, that their names are part of modern antiSemitic vernacular. In this class, we will study the portrayal of these characters – Shylock, Fagin and Svengali – while examining how and why numerous anti-Semitic tropes thrive and endure.

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