Bending the World to See it Straight: Reading Satire

Roger Stacey

Thursdays, October 5 - December 7 (not November 9 or 23) 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 8 sessions
Prescott House, 55 Beacon Street

Satire, particularly popular at the moment, uses distortion, irony, and humor to point out faults. Satire appears in every literary genre and disguises itself in many forms. This short seminar will examine several enjoyable examples – mock epics, scholarly reports, travel narratives, and dramatic monologues – and seek, by close reading, to determine the writer’s methods and designs in each case. We will  consider such writers as Swift, Chaucer, Browning, Frost, Kesey, and Burgess.  Participants will be asked to volunteer to initiate the discussion or provide background information at one or two sessions. 

Teaching Style: Seminar     Weekly Preparation: 1-2 hours


    Roger Stacey

    Roger Stacey taught a popular elective in satire for many years, first at the Taft School  in Connecticut and subsequently at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge.  He holds a B.A. in English from Hamilton College and an M.A.T. in English from Harvard University, and completed most of the work for a PhD in humanistic studies at Tufts before the program disappeared, its funding having run out.