E 375K • English and American Satire
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
The course will begin with the traditional satirists (Dryden, Swift, Pope, Irving, Twain, Bierce) and move into parodies of well-known texts and styles. After four weeks of this, it will be refreshing to read satires of texts never intended to be satirized (religious, social, philosophic, legal, etc.). For the rest of the term, we'll read well-known contemporary satires (Loved One, Confederacy of Dunces, Clockwork Orange, for example).
Short papers 33%
Final paper or exam 33%
Oxford Book of Humorous Prose, ed. Frank Muir
Two or three paperbacks of contemporary satire