American Political Satire from the Revolutionary Era to 2020
- This class is cancelled.
Political satire boasts a long, rich tradition in American history. In this seminar, we will trace the origins of
this enduring humoristic custom and discuss how it has evolved from the Revolutionary Era to the present.
How has satire been employed to comment on and engage with crucial moments in American politics? What
role do parody, irony, and caricature play in criticizing political institutions and doctrines? We will parse
exemplary texts from the 18th to the 21st centuries, e.g. by Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain, Walt Kelly,
Samantha Bee, and Amber Ruffin, among others. We will follow and pay particular analytical attention to the
events surrounding Tuesday, 03 November 2020 and what types of satirical commentary they give rise to in
General interest in U.S. current affairs is recommended
A reader will be provided at the beginning of the semester. We will add up-to-date readings throughout the course of the seminar.
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