ENG 118 Fakes, Forgeries and Imposters

Christopher Deweese, T Th 1:10 PM-2:30 PM

In this course, we will explore the ways in which hoaxes, impersonations and forgeries illuminate the cultural imaginations that enable their success.  What does it say about us when we are "taken in" by a hoax?  How do entrenched societal ideas about art, history, and literature allow fakers to fool the public?  Assignments will include analytical essays, research papers, and oral presentations.  Enrollment limited to 15.