Spring for 2013-2014
What does satire do? While contemporary pundits make "straightforward" arguments with varying degrees of success, outlets like The Onion and The Colbert Report take a satirical approach not only to entertaining audiences, but to conveying principles they deem important. This course explores the art and function of the satirical tradition that predates (and includes) these contemporary satirists. We will cover satire, in prose and in poetry, from its roots in antiquity (Horace, Juvenal) to contemporary novels, punditry, and television, with significant coverage of the formative years of satire in English, the 17th and 18th centuries. Dryden, Pope, and Swift will figure prominently in this course, as will the under-acknowledged satirical writings of women like Aphra Behn, Mary Chudleigh, and Mary Wortly Montagu.
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Spring '14: Hanlon, A. (file download)
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