Molefi Kete Asante, Temple University “…the essays collected in this volume will offer a scholarly and critical examination of Dreams from My Father as a contribution to the African American autobiographical tradition; as the place where several important historical and cultural threads meet and mingle; as what will surely become a key document in the American conversation on race and identity.”-Prof.
Martin Beller, Texas Southern University “The variety of perspectives, the level of scholarship and the seriousness of purpose present in their text offers scholars and educators an important resource for further study of Barack Obama.” -Prof.
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Published in 1995, two years before Obama’s run for the Illinois State Senate, the book narrates Obama’s attempt to grapple with the legacy of his mostly absent father (hereafter referred to as “Obama Sr.”) and to come to terms with his racial identity.
and vaguely threatening" (Obama 63) possibly creates a "metaphor for the way in which [the] son imagined Africa" (Smithers 494).
And Obama's father, I feel, given his intellectual brilliance, stands as a representational figure paving the way for the son to move from the postcolonial "periphery" to the twenty-first century "centre" (Baillie 317).
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This 83-page guide for “Dreams From My Father” by Barack Obama includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 19 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis.
In the first half of the narrative, the "absent" father figure haunts the life writing of the son as the latter struggles to measure up to the mythical personality of the former until, in the second half, the son understands the flawed human being his father was.
Obama's initial reference to his father as "something unknown ...