Contact: Dr Tessa Whitehouse Overlap: None Prerequisite: None
This module examines the role played by satire and satirists in the cultural debates of the early eighteenth century, introducing students to modes of satire in a variety of genres. The module traces the genealogy of English Augustan satire and explores the ways in which classical models are imitated and adapted in response to the challenges of an increasingly commercial society. We will consider how the idea of $ùGrub Street reflects satirists anxieties about the innovative energy of a modern and supposedly debased literary culture. The module will also examine new forms of satiric writing in the period (such as scandal and gossip) and the social construction of the satirist, and will treat as central the question of the gendered status of satire.
Connected course(s): UDF DATA Assessment: 100.0% Coursework Level: 5