The Pen as Weapon: The Art of Satire
What do "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah," Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal," Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle," Gary Trudeau's "Doonesbury," and "The Simpsons" all have in common? In a word: satire. Join your witty peers in an exploration of satire, the art of exposing the foibles and pitfalls of society, institutions, and individuals through wit and comedy. Discuss satire's role in social and political movements and examine the ways in which pointed humor, irony, and exaggeration can quickly lead to controversy and even violence depending upon political, religious, and geographic contexts. Analyze what constitutes well-written satire, and how authors successfully navigate an ever-changing cultural landscape to create humorous and constructive social criticism.