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About Comedy and Resistance: LANG 195

For international students and non-native speakers of English, this course is designed to improve academic writing and reading skills. Content will focus on comedy and the role of comedy to resist oppression, injustice and discrimination. Student experiences outside of the mainstream and outside of the US will be valued and encouraged. Materials will include comics, political cartoons, articles, short stories, anecdotes and stand-up routines. The work of influential satirists such as Aldous Huxley, Richard Pryor, Sarah Silverman and Stephen Colbert will be used to discuss comedy's power to disrupt and threaten powerful cultural assumptions. Students will engage in thoughtful discussion and argumentation in the classroom and create deliberate academic writing that is thoroughly edited and polished. Skills acquired in this course will be transferable to a variety of writing opportunities and academic settings.

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