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


  • Christopher Bell University of North Georgia



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


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

Author Biography

Christopher Bell, University of North Georgia

Associate Professor of English


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