Winter 2019 HC 222H: Satire and Society

Winter Term, 2018-2019

Professor: Corinne Bayerl

4.00 credits

  • CRN 23351: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 – 13:20 @ CHA 201
  • CRN 27652: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ CHA 202

This seminar 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 the seventeenth century to the 1980s, 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 activism that seeks to bring about change in the audience.