The Bio-national Symbolism of Founding Biofictions: Barbara Chase-Riboud’s Sally Hemings and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton

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Abstract

Authors of biofiction fictionalize the lives of actual historical figures not so much to represent the past accurately as to create a new reality in the present and for the future. In this essay, the author shows how Barbara Chase-Riboud and Lin-Manuel Miranda fictionalize the lives of Sally Hemings/Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton in order to bring into existence a new way of national thinking and being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-48
Number of pages24
Journala/b: Auto/Biography Studies
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 10 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I want to thank the University of Minnesota, Morris for funding a visit to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s mountaintop estate, and for providing the funding to attend a performance in Chicago of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Without this funding this project would not have been possible. Also, I would like to thank my daughter Katya, whose passion for Hamilton inspired the idea for this essay.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 The Autobiography Society.

Keywords

  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Sally Hemings
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • founding biofictions

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