American Political Satire from the Revolutionary Era to 2020

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Winter Semester 2020/21

  • This class is cancelled.

Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154671 American Political Satire from the Revolutionary Era to 2020 CANCELLED 2 HS Do 14:15 – 15:45 R. 0.420 Feier
Course Description

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 contemporary media.
General interest in U.S. current affairs is recommended

Reading List

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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2016 602, 703, 704 602, 701, 702, 1002 602, 701, 702, 1002 703
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