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I have a great poster which advertises Donal O’Kelly’s historical drama, The Cambria. It is based on Douglass’ voyage to Ireland, and incorporates extracts from Douglass’ Narrative. I have seen it several times, and each time I am delighted with the power of the script and the story behind it. Here is one review; enjoy.

Get to see it if you can.

Douglass in contemporary theatre.

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I need constant reminders of the wider context of my work and this map was an apt reminder to stop and think about the areas involved in Douglass’ life and work.

I found this map in an email from that wonderful book shop, abebooks.com. who are currently running a promotion called:

Southern Discomfort:

Tumultuous Literature set in

the American South

Old Map of Southern States of America

PhD thesis topic

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My thesis subject is Frederick Douglass. He was born an African American slave and died after a long and successful career as abolitionist lecturer, journalist, writer, diplomat to Haiti and was feted by American presidents. His remarkable journey and his huge corpus of writings has offered scholars an opportunity to interrogate many of the boundaries that were described around slavery, freedom, racism and the nation state.
Within the large area of Douglass studies, my topic focuses on one of the boundaries that modern Douglass criticism has ruptured: the nation-state. Douglass has been an important subject within transatlantic studies, as he embodies the triangular nature of the slave trade, and he was part of the diaspora who compelled scholars to acknowledge the Black Atlantic.