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Palgrave Macmillan

From Shakespeare to Obama

A Study in Language, Slavery and Place

ISBN 9781137375810
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

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.

Jonathan Hart is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta, Canada. He has published ten books with Palgrave Macmillan, most recently, Textual Imitation (2012), Literature, Theory, History (2011); Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (2011); and Shakespeare: Poetry, History and Culture (2009). He is also a poet and his most recent works are Dreamwork (2010) and Musing (2011), a book of sonnets. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Toronto, Harvard University, University of Cambridge, Princeton University, and the Sorbonne-Nouvelle (Paris III).

1. Introduction
2. Slavery
3. Shakespeare's Sonnets
4. Shakespeare's Dramatic Time
5. Ralegh, England, America and the World
6. Vision
7. Theory
8. Eco, Story and History
9. Vassanji, Africa and America
10. Obama, America and Africa
11. Obama and Slavery
12. Conclusion


"From Shakespeare to Obama is a writerly, inventive, idiosyncratic series of meditations on language, slavery, rhetoric, and the public and the private, reaching into past and future, forging a new and exciting model for comparative scholarship as engaged story-telling." - Page duBois, Distinguished Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, University of California, San Diego, USA
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