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Intellectual property

Intellectual property

Today’s Spotlight is a photograph, taken by M. Scott Brauer of Sandy Alexandre, associate professor of literature at MIT.

August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize‑winning play “The Piano Lesson,” set in 1936, revolves around a sibling conflict over a piece of property: Berniece Charles wants to keep an heirloom piano that was first acquired when white slaveholders sold her great‑grandfather in the 19th century; now it is owned by her freed family. Her brother Boy Willie, on the other hand, wants to sell the piano and use the money to buy land.

For Sandy Alexandre, an associate professor of literature at MIT, the play is an example of the complicated relationship black Americans have with material possessions — the subject of a new book she is developing.

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