Abstract

One of the most important aspects of Barack Obama's political success concerns the transnational makeup of his identity. Taking Dreams from My Father (1995) and The Audacity of Hope (2006) as case studies, this article examines how Obama's autobiographical self squares with the precepts of American exceptionalism in an era that has witnessed a palpable decline in the centrality and leverage of the US on an international stage.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 24-45
Launched on MUSE
2010-06-12
Open Access
No
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