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Abyssinia's Samuel JohnsonEthiopian Thought in the Making of an English Author$
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Wendy Laura Belcher

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199793211

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793211.001.0001

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Habesha Discourse and Johnson’s Drama Irene

Habesha Discourse and Johnson’s Drama Irene

(p.131) 5 Habesha Discourse and Johnson’s Drama Irene
Abyssinia's Samuel Johnson

Wendy Laura Belcher

Oxford University Press

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

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