From Shakespeare to Obama: A Study in Language, Slavery and Place

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Palgrave Macmillan, Dec 18, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 272 pages
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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.

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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).

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