E 375K • English and American Satire
Please refer to the course schedule for course days, time, room location, prerequisites and possible cross-listings: http://registrar.utexas.edu/schedules/
The course will begin with some older models for satire (Horace, Boethius, Chaucer, for example), a critical essay, and move into some of the well-known authors (Dryden, Swift, Pope, Irving, Twain, Bierce). All the previous introduce what "satire" means. At this point, we sometimes read pieces suggested by you and could read pieces never intended to be satirical (e.g., Bible or Declaration of Independence). Usually we've spent most of the semester on contemporary works (Loved One, Confederacy of Dunces, Clockwork Orange, Catch 22, Doctor Strangelove, Lolita).
The readings could change. Please let me know what you want to read.
Final Grade is comprised of attendance (33%), short papers (33%), and final paper or exam (33%). More than 2 absences will result in a "B" for final grade, more than 4 a C, etc. You may rewrite papers for a higher grade if the original paper showed some effort. In any case, you must attend and write A or B papers to get an A or B.
Packet of readings from IT Copy Service (MLK next to Fire Station). Paperbacks of readings we choose to do.