Studies in Satire
English 556, Spring 2007
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Office: (973) 353-5279 x 516; 516 Hill Hall.
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:3011:30, and by
appointment (appointments are best).
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E-mail: jlynch @
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- Written Assignments: There will be two argumentative
and analytical papers, the first of around ten pages (2,500
words), the second either a new paper of around
ten pages, or an expansion of your first paper to
fifteen to twenty pages (3,500 to 5,000 words).
- Readings: The readings will be pretty heavy and
therefore, I'm afraid, a little expensive though not, I
hope, unmanageable. I've picked the cheapest reputable editions I
can find, and those who've looked at the reading list for the
M.A. Exam will note that I've drawn many works from it. The
following books are, or will soon be, available from New Jersey Books (not
the Rutgers Bookstore). If you already own editions of these
books, there's no need to buy them again; if you don't, though,
try to get these editions:
Other materials are available either on-line (linked from this
syllabus) or through Dana Library's on-line reserve system.
- Thomas More, Utopia, ed. Sacks, Bedford, $14.95.
- Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels, ed. DeMaria,
- Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub, ed. Ross and
Woolley, Oxford, $10.95.
- Samuel Johnson, Rasselas, ed. Hardy, Oxford,
- Voltaire, Candide and Related Writings, ed.
Wootton, Hackett, $5.95.
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, ed. Kinsley,
- Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus, ed. McSweeney
and Sabor, Oxford, $12.95.
- Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's
Court, Modern Library, $8.95.
- Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49,
Schedule of Class Meetings
- Tuesday, 16 Jan.
- Introduction: Class business,
- Tuesday, 23 Jan.
- Horace, Satires 1.9,
Juvenal, Satires 6
and 10; Ulrich Knoche, "Satire: A Roman Literary Genre"
and "Origin and Name of the Satura."
- Tuesday, 30 Jan.
- Thomas More, Utopia;
Robert C. Elliott, "The Shape of Utopia."
- Tuesday, 6 Feb.
- No Class: I'll be giving a lecture in New
- Tuesday, 13 Feb.
- 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; Dustin Griffin, "Theories of
Satire in Polemical Context."
- Tuesday, 20 Feb.
- John Dryden, Mac
Flecknoe and Absalom
and Achitophel; John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, "Satyr
upon Charles II," "Signor
against Reason and Mankind"; Wayne C. Booth, "The Ways of
- Tuesday, 27 Feb.
- 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, 6 March
- Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a
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, 13 March
- No Class: Spring Break.
- Tuesday, 20 March
- Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's
on the Death of Dr. Swift"; Louis I. Bredvold, "The Gloom of
the Tory Satirists."
- Tuesday, 27 March
- Samuel Johnson, Rasselas;
James F. Woodruff, "Rasselas and the Traditions of
- Tuesday, 3 April
- Jane Austen, Pride
and Prejudice; David P. Demarest, "Reductio ad
Absurdum: Jane Austen's Art of Satiric
- Tuesday, 10 April
- Thomas Carlyle, Sartor
Resartus; Anne K. Mellor, "Carlyle's Sartor
Resartus: A Self-Consuming Artifact"; Wayne C. Booth,
"Reconstructing the Unconstructable."
- Tuesday, 17 April
- Mark Twain, A
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court; Everett
Carter, "The Meaning of A Connecticut
- Tuesday, 24 April
- Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49; Theodore
D. Kharpertian, "Thomas Pynchon and Postmodern American Satire";
Wayne C. Booth, "Infinite Instabilities." Final Paper