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ENGC36H3 Lecture Notes - Mac Flecknoe


Department
English
Course Code
ENGC36H3
Professor
Holly Luhning

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Satire
Dominant mode of discourse
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Using irony to display the short comings of a contemporary issue or focusing on cultural, political,
philosophical institutions/ ideas
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Affect social change by revealing short comings
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Family Guy, Air Farce, punk music, etc.
Parody, lampoon, caricature, juxtaposition
i.e. American Psycho - exposing the narcissistic qualities of corporate America
Create humorous affect, but don't always have to be funny
Various elements used:
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i.e. South Park getting threats from showing pictures of Mohammad
Has a reputation for causing controversy
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Proposes that Irish families should sell their children to English families and cut them up for
food - started a discussion that he felt was being ignored
i.e Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal
Commonly interpreted as very serious, and mistaken as supporting the ideology rather than mocking it
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Dryden points out that other satires don't have any bite
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Dryden
Draws on them and shows it off in his work
Classically educated
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Did have popular following through his plays
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They disagreed on many things - Dryden supported a comedy of wit where as Shadwell focused on
humours
Wit meant particular things to D. in terms of satire - imagination, intelligence, original thought,
talent
i.e Seinfeld, curb your enthusiasm
Wit was the #1 attribute that he felt was associated with comedy and needed to affect social
change in larger society
Specific characters, quirky characters, a more contained idea of comedies dealing with more
interpersonal relationships in order to entertain
Prior to restoration he worked for Cromwell, as was Shadwell
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Shadwell was a big supporter of Ben Jonson (contemporary Shakespeare - very well regarded, a disciple
of Jonson)
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When James became king he shifted again and became a Catholic and didn't flip again when
James was no longer king
Dryden flipped and became a monarchist and Stuart - supporting Charles
Shadwell was a Whig, or liberal
Dryden and Shadwell supported different political parties while both under Cromwell
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Mac Flecknoe
Repetition - mocking the epic
His attributes are stupidity, bad writing, etc - stressing that Shadwell is not an effective writer
Tautology (line 30)
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Used to stress and exaggerate the short comings of this "hero"
Prophet - having some sway or authority within society, having some insight that isn't common
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Lecture 4 - 20/09
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
10:38 AM
C. de Souza ENGC36H3 Page 1
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