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From Shakespeare to Obama : a study in language, slavery and place / by Jonathan Hart.

  • Author

    Hart, Jonathan Locke, 1956-,

  • Date published


  • Publisher

    [New York, NY] : Palgrave Macmillan, [2013]

  • Subject

    Slave trade Africa, West History

    Slavery in literature

    Race in literature

Contents: Introduction -- Slavery -- Shakespeare's sonnets -- Shakespeare's dramatic time -- Raleigh, England, America and the world -- Vision -- Theory -- Eco, story and history -- Vassanji, Africa and America -- Obama, America and Africa -- Obama and slavery -- Conclusion., From Shakespeare to Obama discusses language, slavery, and place from the Portuguese enslavement of African people, through the public and private in Shakespeare's poems and plays, to President Obama's 2012 speech on "modern slavery." Balancing close reading with context, Jonathan Hart offers new insight into questions of otherness, rhetoric, and stereotyping. Ultimately, this expansive book contributes to the ongoing study of the relation between history and literature.