900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
This course explores the possibilities and perils involved in writing political humor. It retraces the history of political humor from contemporary political cartoons and films to the Athenian Old Comedy of Aristophanes. Of particular interest is the shifting relationship between humorous discourse and the viability of democratic institutions, culture, and cognitive practices. Students will write political humor of their own in a variety of genres and "publish" these writings on-line. Not open to freshmen.
Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts
General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered
Prerequisite: One Politics class