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Everyday Villains with Donna Raskin


Five Sessions

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Fridays, 7:00 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT March 4 to June 24, 2022

Meeting Dates:
3/4, 4/1, 5/6, 6/3, 6/24

Satan. Grendel. The wrath of the Greek gods. Before Shakespeare, stories of sin and immorality relied on culture and religion to set up conflict; danger often looked like a monster. Then, the face of evil became human: Iago. King Claudius. Lady MacBeth. Later, in genre fiction, villains wore black hats or were obvious criminals. Now, literary villains are often masked by a kind face or a respected place in society. We will explore the character of five villains and how their particular traits are personifications of societies’ worst accepted practices, such as superstition, slavery, classism, and gender discrimination.


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  • Donna Raskin

    Donna Raskin

    Donna Raskin

    Donna Raskin loves to talk about books and never turns down a cocktail! She is an adjunct professor of writing, history, and literature at The College of New Jersey, and is the author of numerous non-fiction books. She is furiously trying to finish her first novel, which is due to an agent this spring.