Subverting the Role of Les Lieux de Mémoire: Alaga Syrup as a Symbol in King Hedley II

Christopher Bell

Abstract


An analysis of the impact Alaga Syrup has had on Black communities and its relevance within August Wilson’s play, King Hedley II.


Keywords


August Wilson; Alaga Syrup, King Hedley II, Hill District, lieu de mémoire

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/awj.2020.62



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