Course 2533 Comedy: Menippean Laughter and the Novel
course explores a particular kind of comedy - a biting kind - that
aims to dislodge usual ways of thinking and outmoded systems of thought
while you're laughing. We read novels and other kinds of writing,
from classical antiquity to the postmodern present, that draw on certain
formal and thematic conventions loosely called "menippean."
The menippean perspective facilitates the questioning of received
norms of thought and representation, and opens the door to novelty.