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Announcement: The Jew in Early English Literature
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0068.  Thursday, 25 January 1996.

From:           Nina Rulon-Miller <
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Jan 96 09:51:56 EST
Subject:        The Jew in Early English Literature

This crossed my desk: on the offchance you haven't seen it yet, here it is. I'm
sure Prof. Spector would have no objection to your cross-posting this to
relevant lists, for scholars who might be interested in this seminar.

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A 1996 NEH Summer Seminar for College Teaching:

ABSENCE AND PRESENCE: THE JEW IN EARLY ENGLISH LITERATURE.

Director: Stephen Spector

Location: SUNY, Stony Brook

Dates: June 10 - July 26, 1996

"Among the most profound and urgent mysteries of human experience is
intolerance.  This Seminar will provide a platform for analyzing prejudice
toward the Jew in early English literature, principally in Chaucer, the
medieval drama, Marlowe, and Shakespeare.  In so doing, it will offer a
theoretical model for exploring the perception of the Other and the dynamics of
prejudice in diverse times and cultures. We shall address two key themes: how
enmity can be directed toward a people historically absent, yet forcefully
present in the literary imagination; and how literature conveying a message of
mercy and love can accommodate hatred.

"Applications are invited from college teachers in departments that do not
grant the Ph.D., and from independent scholars. The Seminar should interest
specialists in literature, history, theology, Judaica, art history, psychology,
and other relevant disciplines. Participants will receive stipends of $3600.
For further information, please write to Professor Stephen Spector, Department
of English, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY, 11794, Tel. (516) 632-7383. Application
deadline: March 1, 1996."
 

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