School of English and Drama

Satire, Scandal and Society 1700-1740

Module code: ESH223

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Friday 10 am - 11 am
  • Semester 1: Friday 11 am - 12 pm

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