Apply now for online course at the Woolf Institute: Representations of Jewish-Christian Relations in Literature

Apply now for online course: Representations of Jewish-Christian Relations in Literature

The Woolf Institute (Cambridge) is delighted to announce the launch of its third new online course for 2017 – Representations of Jewish-Christian Relations in Literature.

Literature is a powerful tool which can influence the way readers think and act. Evoking strong feelings and offering vivid imagery, literature can perpetuate age-old misconceptions, untruths and stereotypes.

This online course will provide participants with the opportunity to engage with various texts from English Literature through the lens of interfaith studies, to understand the narrative of deep-seated prejudices and to recognise the value of dialogue to dispel these views. In the 21st-century, what can we learn from literary works to effect greater understanding between one another?

Following introductory case-study sessions on Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare, participants will explore nineteenth century works by Maria Edgeworth, Charles Dickens and George Eliot and their ‘literary friendships’. The course will also look at visual representations of some of the scenes and characters discussed.

Studying online offers individuals the opportunity to interact with fellow participants from all over the world. Many participants from across Europe and around the world – including Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, as well as Australia, Canada, China, Kenya, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United States to name but a few – have engaged with our online courses.

 The closing date for applications is 18 September 2017.

The course commences on 16 October 2017.

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Contact Dr Emma Harris, Director of Studies, at


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