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Ryan Szpiech

Ryan Szpiech

Ryan Szpiech is Associate Professor of Spanish and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Conversion and Narrative: Reading and Religious Authority in Medieval Polemic (UPenn, 2013) and has published widely on medieval religion, literature, and language. He recently completed a documentary film about translation in medieval Spain entitled “The Birth of Spanish in 3D.” Contact him at
from How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Anti-Jewish Tropes in How the Grinch Stole Christmas

You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch. You’re in keeping with the medieval tradition of viewing the Jew as an outcast and a baleful force in society.