Submission Date


Document Type

Paper- Restricted to Campus Access



Faculty Mentor

Kara McShane


Presented during the 24th Annual Summer Fellows Symposium, July 22, 2022 at Ursinus College.

Project Description

This project focuses on how depictions of the crucifixion in literature/productions have supported and fostered antisemitism and extreme Othering from the Middle Ages to now. The texts used span from the 1400s with The Croxton play of the Sacrament, and the York Cycle plays, to more contemporary examples of the Oberammergau play, and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. In examining how authors craft their narratives, I emphasize the implications of cherry-picking between biblical accuracy and historical accuracy as well as complete fictional creations that allow authors to craft the exact version of the Passion story that they want to portray to their audiences.


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