LTEN 149: Anti-Semitism in English Literature Fall 2019
MWF 2:00 to 2:50 pm WLH 2114
Professor Lisa Lampert-Weissig
Course website:; Office: Lit 347.  Office hours: W 11-11:50 and F 9-9:50.

Required texts at UCSD Bookstore (and on reserve at Geisel)
Croxton Play of the Sacrament. Ed. Sebastian, TEAMS, 2012.
Marlowe, Christopher. The Jew of Malta. Ed. Siemon. New Mermaids, 2002.
Shakespeare, William. The Merchant of Venice, Ed. Marcus.  Norton, 2006.
Edgeworth, Maria. Harrington. Broadview
Du Maurier, Trilby. Oxford World Classics

Other materials on reserve at Geisel Library and through links/handouts noted in syllabus.

Tentative schedule of readings.  Additional secondary readings may be added depending on student interest and course pace.

Week Zero: Sept. 27
Friday: Introduction

Week One:  Introduction and Historical Background Sept. 30 and Oct. 2,4
Mon.: Introduction to historical/theoretical background
Wed.: Historical background on Jews in medieval Europe/England.   Dropbox link will be sent via email.                                                               
Read Poem by Meir B. Elijah of Norwich and Introduction to Hillaby and Hillaby, The Palgrave Dictionary of Medieval Anglo-Jewish History [Read through the latter—there is a lot of information there to take in at once]. Available on-line at Geisel library through UCSD connection. 

Hillaby and Hillaby, The Palgrave Dictionary of Medieval Anglo-Jewish History

Meir b. Elijah study and thinksheet questions

Fri: Chaucer’s portrait of Prioress from General Prologue to Canterbury Tales, lines 118-165 and    “Prioress’s Prologue and Tale.”  No thinksheet for today

Link to General Prologue

Linkto Prioress's Tale

Week Two: October 7, 9, 11 Prioress thinksheet questions
Mon.: Chaucer’s portrait of Prioress and “Prioress’s Tale.” 
Wed.: Chaucer’s portrait of Prioress and “Prioress’s Tale.” 
Fri.: no class today

Week Three: October 14, 16, 18 no classes this week

Here are three things you can do to get ahead in the course. 

  1. Read the Croxton Play readings for next week. Read the introduction to the play. If you did not buy the book, use the links below to access the intro and original Middle English
  2. If you are interested in a research review for your paper start thinking about topics.  Pls feel free to email me about your interests so I can make suggestions. Here is a bibliography on race and the Middle Ages that may be of interest as you look. I also plan to post a list of other possible readings soon.
  3. Start reading Harrington and Trilby, which are longer works. Study/thinksheet links below.

Week Four:  October 21, 23, 25 Croxton questions
Mon.: Croxton Play of the Sacrament  Guest lecture by Prof. Seth Lerer



Hard copy of my rough translation also distributed in class.

Wed.: Croxton Play of the Sacrament
Fri.: Croxton Play of the Sacrament and "Once and Future Jew"

Week Five: October 28, 30 and November 1 Jew of Malta questions

Individual meetings this week with Professor Lampert available to discuss paper topics.
Mon.: Marlowe, Jew of Malta (read introduction)
Wed.: Marlowe, Jew of Malta
Fri.: Marlowe, Jew of Malta and optional selections from Shapiro, Shakespeare and the Jews, Chapter 3, “The Jewish Crime.”  Online through TritonEd.
            Paper topic proposals due. Please note new due date.

Week 6: November 4, 6, 8 Merchant questions
Mon.: Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice additional readings from Norton edition TBA
Wed.: Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice
Fri.: Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice

Week 7: November 11, 13, 15 Harrington questions
Mon.:Veteran's Day Campus Closed
Wed.: Harrington
Fri.:  Harrington

Week 8: November 18, 20, 22 Questions for Trilby
Mon.: Harrington and Trilby
Fri.: Trilby

Week 9: November 25, 27, 29
Mon.: Papers due today --note new due date. Sharing of papers--final words on Trilby.

Wed.:  No class today.

Fri: No class today

Week 10:  Review  December 2, 4, 6

Mon.: T.S. Eliot; Anthony Julius; Emanuel Litvinoff, "To T.S. Eliot"     

 (readings to be posted/distributed)

Wed. T.S. Eliot; Anthony Julius; Emanuel Litvinoff, "To T.S. Eliot"  and review   

Fri.: Review/Catch-up

Final exam:  This will be a take-home exam, with questions distributed well in advance.  Instructions for submission TBA.  Exam due at end of our exam time: