English 556,
Studies in Satire

Autumn 2003

Jack Lynch

An exploration of the theory and practice of literary satire from the Roman beginnings through the late twentieth century. The emphasis will be on England's golden age of satire, 1660 to 1750 — the course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement — but we'll also look at works from Horace and Juvenal through Thomas Pynchon. Works will probably include selections from Langland's Piers Plowman, More's Utopia, Swift's Gulliver, Pope's Rape of the Lock, Voltaire's Candide, Austen's Emma, and Twain's Connecticut Yankee.