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

Michael Lackey

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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)
    Journala/b: Auto/Biography Studies
    DOIs
    StateAccepted/In press - 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.

    Copyright:
    Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

    Keywords

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

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