The River Niger Essay

Joseph A. Walker
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Brent has a Ph.D. in American Culture, specializing in film studies, from the University of Michigan. She is a freelance writer and teaches courses in the history of American cinema. In the following essay, Brent discusses references to cultural and historical figures in Walker's play.

The dialogue in Joseph A. Walker's play The River Niger makes reference to a wide array of historical and cultural figures, both real and fictional. These references include the Shakespearean character Shylock, the African folktale figure Brer Rabbit, the blues great Lightnin' Hopkins, the comic book superhero Superman, the biblical King Solomon, Hollywood movie star Gary Cooper, and the notorious French writer the Marquis de Sade. A brief explanation of who each of these figures is, and the significance of each one to the meaning of Walker's play, will enhance the reader's appreciation of this dramatic work.

In act 1, John Williams and...

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