St. Thomas University Prof. Dawn Morgan
Dept. of English Language and Literature Office: ECH 122
Fall Term 2004 Tel: 452-0431
Course 2533 Email:
Comedy: Menippean Laughter in Literature (Always use "Comedy 2533"
M W F 1:30 p.m. in the subject line of email.)
Room TBA Office hours: MW 2-3 p.m.
  or by appointment


Course 2533 Comedy: Menippean Laughter and the Novel

This 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.