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"The Fictive Force of Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father"
University of Gävle, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ämnesavdelningen för svenska språket och engelska. (Multiple literacies)
2009 (English)In: American Studies in Scandinavia, ISSN 0044-8060, Vol. 41, no 1, p. 3-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Barack Obama's memoir Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995) has been an enormous public success since it was re-issued in 2004. Obama's narrative is a powerfully crafted account of a personal quest that rhetorically transverses over geographical boundaries and literary genres. What interests me about this work is how it poetically plaits personal history with cultural myth, unbolting fact with imagination. Textually contiguous with other African American stories of self-representation and liberation, Dreams from My Father strikes me as a potent narrative of self-inscription. To put it in its simplest performative expression, the narrator of this book asks "who am I" and in doing so writes itself into place, not as an identity found but as the subject in writing.

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Odense, Denmark: University Press of Southern Denmark , 2009. Vol. 41, no 1, p. 3-22
Keywords [en]
Barack Obama - personal narrative - self-inscription- memoir - autobiography -story telling - bildungsroman - Shelby Steele
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-5126ISI: 000269336300002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-70349805183OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-5126DiVA, id: diva2:233013
Available from: 2009-08-27 Created: 2009-08-27 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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