TR 3:30 to 4:50 p.m.
Objectives: This course will examine representative works of satire from the 5th century B.C. to the present day with special emphasis upon the theory, methods, purpose, forms and materials of satire. This study will focus on the themes, techniques and history of satire.
Requirements: Students will explore the characteristics of satirical literature in the works of selected authors from significant periods of history as we analyze the social, historical and political forces influencing the literature of those periods. We will question and reconsider the validity of the two major forms of satire beginning with Juvenal and Horace. Through the synthesis of old and new knowledge, we will develop and sharpen our critical skills of literary appraisal applicable to the various literary periods.
A non-graded exercise in writing satire in the student's choice of genre is also a requirement of this course, and the length of said exercise is to be three to five pages.
Grades: Grades will be earned by students taking two major exams and possible reading quizzes (to be determined by classroom discussion responses). Students are expected to select one significant satirical author and write a formal, computer-generated, scholarly documented, MLA-Style research paper of five to ten pages in length. The paper will count as one-third of the student’s grade, and the objective mid-term and final examinations will count as two-thirds.
All essays are to be typed MLA Style.
All assignments are expected to be submitted on time unless there are extenuating circumstances, and an office conference is required.
Attendance: Students are expected to attend each and every class and should not have more than two absences. Excessive absences may result in the student’s grade for the semester being lowered one full letter grade OR the student being dropped from the course with a failing grade of “F.”
Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")–whether you use that material in a quotation, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not. <Instructor’s policy regarding the specific consequences and procedures for addressing cases when unacknowledged influence is suspected. All class policies must support the university's "Academic Dishonesty" policy.>
Cell phone use is not permitted in class.
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