Humor in Literature Course Description and Video



(Literature) Humor in Literature

Class dates: Tuesdays, March 6 through April 17, 2018. No class Mar. 27 for Holy Week.
Total classes: 6
Starting time: 3:00 PM Eastern (2:00 Central; 1:00 Mountain; Noon Pacific)
Duration: 45 minutes
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 6th to 8th grade
Suggested credit: ½ semester Literature or English
Fee: $95 if you register on or before November 15, 2016. $115 if you register after Nov. 15 for all 13 classes ($135 after Feb. 26).
Instructor: Kevin O’Brien
Course description: From light verse (funny poems) to the works of the American Humorists; from funny plays to comedies with serious themes, we will examine the role of Humor in literature - and in life!  Our Final Project will be a fun poem, story, play or video that each student will make, to be shared in class.
Course outline (week by week):
  1. Old, Old Jokes - Humor from Ancient Greece to Modern Times
  2. Funny Poems from Then til Now
  3. Mark Twain and American Humor
  4. Humor on Stage: from Gilbert & Sullivan to Vaudeville and Beyond
  5. Stand-up Comedy as a form of Literature
  6. Final Project Highlights
Course materials: PDF’s provided by the instructor.

Homework: Reading assignments, regular quizzes, Final Project (graded by the instructor).  Expect about two hours of prep (on average) for each class per week.