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Cody Brotter

Cody Brotter

Posted: January 18, 2011 10:54 AM

A girl just texted me "OMG IM TAKING A CLASS ON COLBERT." Should I take that as a booty call?

This semester, which started for us Boston University kids on January 18, lecturer and Harvard graduate Michael Rodriguez is teaching a Writing Seminar called "The Colbert Report: American Satire."

From our Spring 2011 "Writing Program Guide and Course Catalog":

Stephen Colbert's eponymous persona has become a pop culture icon. With his irreverent, masterful blend of irony, wit, parody, sarcasm, black humor, logical fallacy, and double entendre, Colbert satirically exposes hypocrisy with surgical precision, inviting us to think more deeply about serious issues and to improve our socio-political conditions. Although we will highlight his place in the American tradition, we will examine Colbert's rhetoric in a broad historical context. Readings will include classic poems by Horace and Juvenal, as well as Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal," Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary, and Colbert's I Am America (And So Can You!).

The class counts as a Writing and Research Seminar (WR150), a necessary requirement for second semester. According to our handbook, WR150 courses "stress academic argumentation, standard edited American English, effective prose style, and the process of revision."

Credit for Colbert, please? Here's a sample of other courses that count as and satisfy the same exact requirement as la Classe de Colbert:

  • Modern Literature and Society
  • Visions of Technology and Society
  • Debates in the History of Medicine
  • Bioethics and Science Policy
  • American Environmental History
  • Dante and the Modern Imagination
  • The Nature of Consciousness
  • The Essential Writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

So what should we expect this semester? A campus visit from Sir Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A. himself to Agganis Arena? It's apparently good enough for the Jonas Brothers.

An angry rebuttal from Boston University alumnus Bill O'Reilly? There's no class I know on the big BO at BU.

Or a personal invitation to his biggest fan (and star of the world-renowned web-series "Welcome Back, Brotter"/the meth dealer boyfriend on America's longest-running, Telly Award-winning college soap opera) to come on his show?

Seriously though, just a shout-out in your "Tip of My Hat" segment would be cool, too.

 

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