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Sunday, October 7 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Alternate Facts, Fictional Awareness & the Information Wars

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This critical-creative panel will consider recent studies on the use of fictional narratives in socio-political domains in order to look at the predicament that literary fiction finds itself within a political and economic landscape that has become increasingly fictionalized itself. At a moment when fraudulent narratives increasingly exert magnetism over public discourse and policy decisions themselves, literary fiction finds its natural domain, the unreal world, colonized. By examining narratives that have been influenced by “spin,” propaganda, alternative facts, plagiarism, imposture, and double speak, we will try to localize mechanisms or strategies that offer paths of resistance through what David Castillo and Bill Egginton call “fictional awareness.”

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Dimitri Anastasopoulos

Associate Professor of English & Director of Creative Writing, University of Buffalo
Dimitri Anastasopoulos is an Associate Professor of English and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University at Buffalo. His fiction and articles have appeared in many publications, and he has written two novels, A Larger Sense of Harvey and Farm for Mutes, both... Read More →
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Christine Hume

Professor of English, Eastern Michigan University
Christine Hume is the author of a lyric memoir in the form of three interlinked essays, Saturation Project (Solid Objects, 2019), as well as three books of poetry. Her chapbooks include Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Presse); Ventifacts (Omnidawn... Read More →

Christina Milletti

Associate Professor of English, University at Buffalo
Christina Milletti's novel Choke Box: a Fem-Noir was the winner of the 2018 Juniper Prize for Fiction (forthcoming 2019). Her fiction and articles have appeared in many journals and anthologies, such as the Iowa Review (forthcoming), Harcourt's Best New American Voices, The Master's... Read More →

Sunday October 7, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
136 DeBartolo Hall

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