Join Dr. Westman for this month’s Discussion with the Director, where she will speak with her colleague Dr. David Hatch about “Literary Hoaxes and Fake News.”
This presentation will explore the significance of the literary hoax in an era where facts are often ignored or invented to support a person’s ideological beliefs. We focus on Eugene Jolas’s invention of an alter-ego, “Theo Rutra,” in an attempt to bolster support for his Verticalism art movement in 1929. This invention offers a cautionary tale for contemporary audiences about the importance of legitimate sources during a period marked by dismissals of unwelcome information as “fake news.”
David Hatch is an Associate Professor in the English department at the University of South Carolina, Salkehatchie campus, where he teaches composition, world literature, and speculative fiction courses. Research interests include Modernism, Samuel Beckett, and Little Magazines. He is also a working actor, director, and fight choreographer in the Charleston area.
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Date & Time
February 18, 2021
12:45 pm-1:45 pm