Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

The Arts and Literature of Satire

Module Q3049

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module takes you through some of the major developments from the birth of literary satire in the works of Horace and Juvenal, to the survival of satire in literature and the visual arts. Students will be familiarised with some of the basic concepts central to the workings of satire - including parody, burlesque, mimicry, travesty, comedy and humour and laughter. The module will also maintain a focus upon the interaction of visual and verbal satire. Some of the later seminars are consequently devoted to a consideration of the operations of semiotics, symbolism and visual narrative. The major figures of 18th- and 19th-century literary satire (Dryden, Pope, Swift, Hone, Byron) will consequently be studied alongside the giants of print satire Hogarth, Gillray and Cruikshank. The emphasis throughout is consequently interdisciplinary and will develop basic skills in the areas of aesthetics and cultural history, and strategies for discussing the operations of genre and narrative in the context of satire.

Module learning outcomes

Explain how texts create or enact their meaning.

Display an understanding of the ways in which texts a) are transmitted through literary and cultural institutions and b) are translated between different cultures, linguistic systems and periods.

Communicate effectively, in critical and/or creative modes, an understanding of the ways in which texts are re-presented creatively through acts of reading, interpretation and performance.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA2 Week 2 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111

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Ms Emma Carlyle

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Dr Chloe Porter

Assess convenor

Prof Marcus Wood

Assess convenor, Convenor

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