imparting to its students the exact anti-Semitism


university for imparting to its students the exact anti-Semitism that it now flimsily purports to condemn. He is correct, and educators would be well to carefully consider the specifics of his claim. The foundation of Lewis’s argument is the growth of courses that include topics like “decolonization,” a theoretical justification for violence whose applicability to Israel was entirely made up but enthusiastically accepted by progressive educators and their pupils. My optimism wanes when it comes to his or anybody else’s remedies to this specific version of the issue. The Canterbury Tales, the magnum masterpiece of Geoffrey Chaucer, is the source of that, not the Middle Eastern studies courses at Harvard but the English department. Certain forms of anti-Semitism pass from politics into popular culture, where they

Certain forms of anti-Semitism transcend politics into culture, where they are impervious to logic and reason. This is due to the fact that they are now essentially folktales. Folktales have long been a technique for communities to transmit their stories such that the stories become ingrained in inherited worldviews. Although folktales cannot be verified, they are not always false. A common false memory technique used by communities to recall actual occurrences is the folktale. And that gets us to Geoffrey Chaucer, the man who is considered the father of English poetry. The Canterbury Tales, a collection of twenty stories told by a group of itinerant English characters, is the most well-known work by the titan of literary from the fourteenth century. Among those tales is the most well-known account of a blood