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"Truth, Lies, and Cultural Appropriation: Christopher L. Miller on Impostors
"Truth, Lies, and Cultural Appropriation: Christopher L. Miller on Impostors
WhenThursday, Oct. 24, 2019, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Campus locationSuzzallo Library (SUZ)
Campus roomAllen Auditorium (ground floor)
Event typesAcademics
Event sponsorsDepartment of French and Italian Studies

frenchitalian.washington.edu

Michael Rich, frenital@uw.edu, x6-3486



African Studies Program

jsis.washington.edu…

Monica Rojas, rojasm@uw.edu, x6-0998
Target Audiencefaculty
Description

Christopher Miller, Frederick Clifford Ford Professor of French and African American Studies at Yale University, will be presenting Impostors: Literary Hoaxes and Cultural Authenticity (Chicago UP, 2018), his latest of 5 books in francophone postcolonial studies. Writing a new page in the surprisingly long history of literary deceit, Impostors examines a series of literary hoaxes, deceptions that involved flagrant acts of cultural appropriation. Miller considers authors who posed as people they were not, in order to claim a different ethnic, class, or other identity. These writers were, in other words, literary usurpers and appropriators who trafficked in what Miller terms the “intercultural hoax.”

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