This course explores aspects of satire, beginning with a clear definition of satire, and making distinctions between satire and other forms of humor (sarcasm, comedy, etc.) The course follows the history of satire in both England and America. Starting with the earliest writers and moving toward present-day writers, students are introduced to some of the greatest English and American satirists and their works (novels, short stories, essays, letters, etc.). Students analyze these works, both in writing and in class discussion, and dabble with the actual writing of satire. The overall goal for this course is for students to gain a better understanding of and appreciation for satire and its social and political role dating from the early 18th century to the present day. (Semester, .50 credit) Offered 2021–2022.