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ENGL 4020 Fake News: What's It Good For? (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

The term “fake news” has captivated popular consciousness seemingly overnight, but stories that present reader fantasies and fears as current events stretch across history, under various guises: medieval “false prophecies”; Russian kompromat; Orwellian Newspeak; The Onion. Drawing on literature, film and journalistic case studies, this course examines the history and uses of fake news, from state propaganda designed to control and deceive to hoaxes and satire designed to fool, amuse, and make better readers. Sample texts: 1984 (George Orwell); Enemy of the People (Henrik Ibsen); Essays by H L Mencken, Edgar Allan Poe, Janet Cook, and Nik Cohn; Satire and Dissent (Amber Day); Bob Roberts, dir Tim Robbins.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Angela Ards

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: JOUR2243

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Last Updated: 17-Mar-17