In four sessions, participants in this course
will read William Shakespeare’s play The
Merchant of Venice (1599) and view the film
version starring Al Pacino as Shylock. Our
aim will be to understand how Shakespeare
embodies a tragedy in a comic form, and to
place that tragedy in the history of anti-
Judaism and anti-Semitism. Participants
should purchase the Folger Shakespeare
Library edition of the play (edited by Barbara Mowat and Paul Werstine, ISBN 978-0743477567) and bring it to the classes.
For over fifty years, Murray M. Schwartz has taught Shakespeare, Holocaust literature and psychoanalysis. His writing spans a wide range of interdisciplinary interests and includes essays on Shakespeare, the work of Erik Erikson, applied psychoanalysis, modern poetry and trauma studies. He has also co-edited several anthologies, including Representing Shakespeare (1980) and Memory and Desire (1985). He was President of the PsyArt
Foundation and edited the online journal PsyArt. Murray was Dean of the Colleges at SUNY/Buffalo (1979-83), Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at UMass Amherst (1983-91) and Provost of the Claremont Graduate University (1991-97). He is Professor Emeritus at Emerson College and a scholar member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
Registration required. A minimum of five participants is needed for the course to run; the maximum number of participants is twelve. Suggested contribution: $54
No one will be denied access to programming because of financial need. Your participation in our community is more important than the amount of your monetary contribution.

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