Diego Velazquez, “Democritus”


English 331


Spring 2003

Charles Knight

Office: MW 4:30-5:30






January 27           Introduction to Satire


January 29           Introduction to Aristophanes and Old Comedy.  Handout on The Frogs.


February 3            Aristophanes, The Frogs, trs. Richmond Lattimore, in Four Plays, trs. William Arrowsmith (Meridian). 


February 5            The Frogs.


February 10          Horace, Satires, Book 1, Satires 4, 6, and 10; Book 1, Satire 1, trs. Rudd, in Horace, Satires and Epistles (Penguin); Juvenal, Satire 1, trs. Green, in Satires (Penguin).  Chronology of Satirists and History.


February 12          Horace, Satires, Book 1, Satires 1 and 9; Book 2, Satire 6; Juvenal, Satire 3.


February 17          President’s Day Holiday.


February 19          Horace, Satires, Book 2, Satires 3 and 7; Juvenal, Satire 10.


February 24          Lucian, “Zeus the Opera Star” (136-70), “A Voyage to the Underworld” (175-93), “Charon” (217-38), in Selected Satires, trs. Casson (Norton).  Notes on Menippean Satire. 


February 26          Lucian, “A True Story” (15-57).   Notes on reading irony.


March 3                 Lucian, “The Death of Peregrinus” (364-82), “Philosophies for Sale” (313-33), “The Fisherman” (334-63).


March 5                 Introduction to Swift, Pope, and Gay.  Paper 1 due.  See Guide to Writing Papers.  Handout on Satire and History (1660-1745).


March 10              Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub, ed. Angus Ross and David Woolley, in A Tale of a Tub and Other Works (Oxford), pp. 1-34.


March 12              A Tale of a Tub, through Section VII (pp. 34-72).  See Notes on A Tale of a Tub


March 24              A Tale of a Tub, through “The Conclusion” (pp. 72-103).


March 26              Alexander Pope, “The Rape of the Lock.”


March 31              Pope, “Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot.”


April 2                   Pope, “The Dunciad, Book IV” (photocopy)


April 7                   John Gay, The Beggar’s Opera (Penguin).


April 9                   The Beggar’s Opera.


April 14                 Bertolt Brecht, The Threepenny Opera, trs. Ralph Manheim and John Willett (Arcade).


April 16                 The Threepenny Opera.


April 21                 Patriots Day Holiday


April 23                 George Gordon, Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto 1 (Penguin).  Paper 2 due (on Pope, Swift, Gay, or Brecht).


April 28                 Byron, Don Juan, Cantos 7, 8, and 9 (stanzas 1-21).


April 30                 Evelyn Waugh, Decline and Fall (Little, Brown). Waugh web page.


May 5                     Decline and Fall.


May 7                     Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (Harper Perennial), chs. 1 and  2.  Picture by Remedios Varo.  Pynchon web page.


May 12                   The Crying of Lot 49, chs 3-5.


May 14                   The Crying of Lot 49. ch. 6.  Paper 3 due. (on Byron, Waugh, or Pynchon)


The Final Examination is due by 6:00 p.m., May 21.


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