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Habesha Discourse and Johnson’s Drama <i>Irene</i>

Wendy Laura Belcher

in Abyssinia's Samuel Johnson

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199793211
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949700 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793211.003.0005
Habesha Discourse and Johnson’s Drama Irene

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The previous three chapters argued that Johnson’s experience of translating A Voyage to Abyssinia during a period of spiritual and emotional turmoil opened him to certain African representations. This chapter analyzeshow Johnson’s tragedy Irene is animated bytheHabesha discourse that inhabits A Voyage to Abyssinia. Although Irene’s plot may seem far from that of A Voyage to Abyssinia, both texts strikingly emphasize the conversion of oriental Christian women.

Keywords: Ethiopian discourse; African christianity; Ethiopian women; Irene

Chapter.  21049 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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