HC 221H: Satire and Society

Professor: Corinne Bayerl

4.00 credits

  • CRN 27124: Tuesday & Thursday,1015 - 1145 @ REMOTE

This course will look at how writers and filmmakers have used satire as a weapon, resorting to irony and laughter in order to address serious issues their societies were facing: social inequality, changing gender roles, abuse of religious power, and participation in war. We will be discussing satirical texts and films from two millennia, exploring in which ways satire may occupy spaces more commonly thought to be reserved for earnest argument and debate. Our main question will be whether satire can be effective as a form of political or social activism that seeks to bring about change in the audience.