It should be 7 – 8 pages long (double-spaced;

12-point font). The pages must be STAPLED. Concentrate on creating a real argument, not just listing

observations about the works (I should be able to disagree with your paper, while still thinking it’s

good work).

Many of the works we have read so far have posited a connection between power and the two

following topics:



Choose one of these two topics, and show how it is relevant to satire. Examples of specific questions

you might pursue: For “morality”: Is satire stronger/more effective when it is explicitly a moral work

(that is, aiming for moral improvement in the reader)? Or does morality interfere with certain forms of

satire (logical, political, etc.). Is morality more relevant for earlier forms of satire? Are their modern,

visual or digital works of satire that you consider moral, and why is this important? For “anonymity”:

What difference does anonymity make in a satire? Is satire more effective when it is anonymous? Is

modern mass-media satire more or less “anonymous” than early, print satire, and why might this


You should focus on at least three works, at least two of which should be from the syllabus. At least

one work can be one of your own choosing, not covered in class.

As with your short paper, end your opening paragraph with a question; answer that question in the

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LMC 3314 Technologies of Representation “Satire and Historical Media” T, Th 1:30-2:45, Skiles 02 Professor Aaron Santesso (Skiles 363; Office Hours: by appointment. This course offers an introduction to media studies by examining the way in which satire has been presented and shaped by various forms of media over the past three hundred years. Satire, perhaps more than any other genre, has proved extremely adaptable to new media, equally at ease in poetry and pamphlets in the eighteenth century, political prints and caricatures in the nineteenth century, and film, television and various digital forms in the twentieth century and today. How is “satire,” as a genre, different when it appears in print and film? Can we really talk about “A Modest Proposal,” Cruikshank’s prints, and The Onion as part of the same

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