ERIC Number: ED369099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
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Students as Satirists: Encouraging Critique and Comic Release.
Satirical writing offers a means of encouraging students to criticize those forms of victimization and inequality that trouble them most without that overt, dogmatic indoctrination of a political agenda that many would consider an anathema to democratic teaching. The indirect, satirical jab provides students with an intellectually challenging and enjoyable means of critique. Nevertheless, academics do not often encourage young writers in freshman composition to be indirect, playful, and ironic because they must teach them the norms of institutional life. Asking students to take a few satirical jabs at "the discourse of our community" enables insider knowledge as well as healthy critique of the academic's peculiar language and habits of mind. Giving students the chance to satirize textbook language and attitudes or the rigidity of the thesis-driven essay heightens their awareness of rhetorical rules and strategies governing different forms of discourse. Assignments can be based on well-known works, using imitation, irony, parody or burlesque, and allowing students to stretch stylistically. Other assignments in satirical writing could ask students to choose one of several assigned satires (e.g., Robert Burton's "Anatomy of Melancholy") and plug in their own subjects. (TB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (45th, Nashville, TN, March 16-19, 1994).