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Emma Baer-Simon

Emma Baer-Simon

Graduate Student
Graduate Writing Center Coordinator 2022-2023
Preferred Pronouns: she/they
003A, Burrowes
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Fall 2022 Office Hours

I am not doing office hours this semester, as I am not teaching, but if you would like to talk to me, please email ebb5431@psu.edu.

Education

Trinity College Dublin, BA Classical Civilization and English Literature

Professional Bio

Research Interests: Middle English Literature, Jewish Studies, Rhetorics of Antisemitism in the Middle Ages and Pop-Culture

I am interested in studying the depiction of Jewish subjects in Medieval Literature, and more broadly tracing the evolution of these depictions, from their origins in late antiquity, the influence of Christianity, and how this subsequently affects the rhetoric of antisemitism in Medieval writing. Not only has antisemitism managed to survive in relatively stable forms across this broad expanse of time, but in particular, Medievalism provides a backdrop for the construction of the modern fantasy genre. These two phenomena inform each other, and I specifically try to examine how Antisemitism in the media we consume, is not actually so different than its 13th and 14th century counterparts.