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Thread #140865   Message #3240722
Posted By: MGM·Lion
18-Oct-11 - 08:34 AM
Thread Name: BS: Racial stereotypes in retellings?
Subject: RE: BS: Racial stereotypes in retellings?
The story goes that Dickens was bullied by a big Irish lad called Fagan in his days in the blacking factory, so called his first real villain by a similar, but not identical, name as a revenge on him; & made him a Jew on the Ikey Solomons model, but ugly and unattractive where Solomons was quite socially presentable: -- tho Fagin has, of course, an ambivalent sort of charm ~ the semi-sympathetic comic character who eventually does a runner in Bart's musical is a reasonable sort of adaptation within its genre.