6 – 7:30 pm
We will examine the great works of two of English literature's most prominent satirists, Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift. We will discuss both the literary and rhetorical achievements exemplified by The Rape of the Lock and Gulliver's Travels, while also exploring how these works react to and address the social, economic, political, and religious tensions of the era. Paper money, princes and patrons, foreign policy, and relations between men and women are some of the contemporary problems the writers address. Please read Horace, Satire, Book I, i and iv; Book II, i; and Epistle, Book II, i, for the first session.
David Gunto holds a Ph.D. in English literature, with a concentration in the literature of the eighteenth century.
Horace's Satires and Epistles. Trans. Jacob Fuchs. Norton, 1977. ISBN: 0393090930
Juvenal. The Sixteen Satires. Trans. Peter Green. Penguin Classics, 1999. ISBN: 0140447040
Pope, Alexander. Selected Poetry and Prose. Routledge, 1988. ISBN: 0415006651
Swift, Jonathan. Major Works. Oxford World Classics, 2008. ISBN: 0199540780
This class is part of the Newberry's Adult Education Seminars Program.
Ten sessions, $220.
This class has been cancelled.