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

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Palgrave Macmillan US, Dec 9, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 255 pages
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From Shakespeare to Obama discusses language, slavery, and place from the Portuguese enslavement of African people, through slavery in Shakespeare's plays, to President Obama's 2012 speech on "modern slavery." Balancing close reading with context, this expansive book offers new insight into questions of otherness, rhetoric, and stereotyping.

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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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