Truth, Lies, and Cultural Appropriation: Christopher L. Miller on Impostors

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 - Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

220 Stephens Hall (Geballe Room) | UC Berkeley
Location is ADA accessible

Christopher L. Miller, Frederick Clifford Ford Professor of African American Studies and French at Yale University, will give a public lecture related to his most recent book, Impostors (Chicago University Press, 2018). Impostors examines a series of literary hoaxes, deceptions that involved flagrant acts of cultural appropriation. This book looks at 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 Christopher L. Miller terms the “intercultural hoax.”

Co-sponsored by Department of French, Department of Comparative Literature, Townsend Center for the Humanities, and the Center for Race & Gender

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