Studies in Satire

English 556, Autumn 2003

Jack Lynch

Course Description

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Office: (973) 353-5279 x 516; 516 Hill Hall.

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30-11:30, and by appointment (appointments are best).

Home: (609) 882-4642 (before 10:00 p.m.!).

E-mail: (the best way to reach me).

Listserv: satire @ (for the whole class)

Course Requirements

Schedule of Class Meetings

Tuesday, 2 Sept.
INTRODUCTION: Class business, &c.

Tuesday, 9 Sept.
Horace, Satires 1.9, 2.1, 2.2, and 2.6; Juvenal, Satires 6 and 10; Gilbert Highet, Conclusion to The Anatomy of Satire; Ulrich Knoche, "Satire: A Roman Literary Genre."

Tuesday, 16 Sept.
William Langland, Piers Plowman, Prologue (in Middle English) and Passus I-VII (in translation); John A. Yunck, "Satire" (from A Companion to Piers Plowman).

Tuesday, 23 Sept.
Thomas More, Utopia; Robert C. Elliott, "The Shape of Utopia."

Tuesday, 30 Sept.
John Dryden, A Discourse concerning the Original and Progress of Satire (abridged); John Donne, Satyr 4; Alexander Pope, "The First Satire of the Second Book of Horace, Imitated," and "The Second Satire of the Second Book of Horace, Paraphrased"; Samuel Johnson, The Vanity of Human Wishes; Howard D. Weinbrot, "The Pattern of Formal Verse Satire in the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century."

Tuesday, 7 Oct.
John Dryden, Mac Flecknoe and Absalom and Achitophel; John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, "Satyr upon Charles II," "Signor Dildo," "Satyr against Reason and Mankind"; Dustin Griffin, "Theories of Satire in Polemical Context."

Tuesday, 14 Oct.
Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock, Epistle to Arbuthnot; Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, "Verses Addressed to the Imitator of Horace"; Howard D. Weinbrot, "Masked Men and Satire and Pope."

Tuesday, 21 Oct.
Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub, "Cassinus and Peter," "Strephon and Chloe," "A Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed," "The Lady's Dressing Room"; Robert C. Elliott, "Swift's Satire: Rules of the Game." FIRST PAPER DUE.

Tuesday, 28 Oct.
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, "Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift"; Louis I. Bredvold, "The Gloom of the Tory Satirists."

Tuesday, 4 Nov.
Samuel Johnson, Rasselas; Voltaire, Candide; James F. Woodruff, "Rasselas and the Traditions of 'Menippean Satire.'"

Tuesday, 11 Nov.
Jane Austen, Emma; David P. Demarest, "Reductio ad Absurdum: Jane Austen's Art of Satiric Qualification."

Tuesday, 18 Nov.
Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus; Anne K. Mellor, "Carlyle's Sartor Resartus: A Self-Consuming Artifact."

Tuesday, 25 Nov.
NO CLASS: Thursday schedule.

Tuesday, 2 Dec.
Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court; Everett Carter, "The Meaning of A Connecticut Yankee."

Tuesday, 9 Dec.
Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49; Theodore D. Kharpertian, "Thomas Pynchon and Postmodern American Satire." FINAL PAPER DUE.