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Visible Decisions: Irony, Law, and the Political Constitution of Ralph Ellison

Matthew Stratton

in The Politics of Irony in American Modernism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823255450
eISBN:
9780823261086
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823255450.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines the ways in which discourses around irony intersect with discourses of law, race, responsibility, and recognition in the period that saw the institutionalization of both ... More


“The President Has Asked Me”: Faulkner, Ellison, and Public Intellectualism

Joseph Fruscione and Jay Watson

in Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781496806345
eISBN:
9781496806383
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496806345.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter discusses how Ralph Ellison actively dealt with Faulkner’s influence on his work and public image. Ellison valued Faulkner both as a racially attuned novelist and as a publicly active ... More


Conclusion: Beyond Du Bois: Toward a Tradition of African American Pragmatic Religious Naturalism

Jonathon S. Kahn

in Divine Discontent: The Religious Imagination of W. E. B. Du Bois

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195307894
eISBN:
9780199867516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307894.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This concluding chapter begins to look beyond Du Bois for a larger tradition of African American pragmatic religious naturalism. Du Bois inaugurates this tradition, and this chapter argues that it ... More


Ralph Ellison and the Grain of Internationalism

Brent Hayes Edwards

in Globalizing American Studies

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226185064
eISBN:
9780226185088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226185088.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Thinking about Ralph Ellison as an internationalist requires tinkering with some of most closely guarded assumptions about his work. “America” is what a linguist would call an unmarked term: whereas ... More


Black Is, Black Ain't: Violence, Black Masculinity, and the Novel as Democratic Symbol

in The Shadow and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226554235
eISBN:
9780226554259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226554259.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter explores Ralph Ellison's use of violence and the mixture of private ironies and public hopes, race, and masculinity in the short story “Flying Home.” This early story introduced themes ... More


Accidents Going Somewhere to Happen: African-American Self-Definition at Mid-Century

Steven Belletto

in No Accident, Comrade: Chance and Design in Cold War American Narratives

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199826889
eISBN:
9780199932382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826889.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Beginning with a discussion of Colson Whitehead’s more recent novel The Intuitionist (1999), chapter four covers a range of works, from the most influential African-American novels of mid-century, ... More


Introduction

Michael Germana

in Ralph Ellison, Temporal Technologist

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190682088
eISBN:
9780190682118
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190682088.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This introductory chapter traces the origins of Ralph Ellison’s philosophy of temporality, and illustrates how Ellison’s synthesis of the ideas of Henri Bergson and Friedrich Nietzsche precedes, and ... More


“We Used to Say ‘Stashed’ ”: Romare Bearden Paints the Blues

Robert G. O’Meally

in The Hearing Eye: Jazz & Blues Influences in African American Visual Art

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195340501
eISBN:
9780199852215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340501.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter discusses Romare Bearden, who acknowledged jazz as a formal influence and produced numerous collages on jazz- and blues-related topics throughout the 1970s and 1980s. This discussion of ... More


The Souls of Black Folk: Ralph Ellison’s Tragicomic Portrait

Alejandro Nava

in In Search of Soul: Hip-Hop, Literature, and Religion

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780520293533
eISBN:
9780520966758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293533.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores some of the synergies between Spanish soul and black American traditions through Ralph Ellison's depiction of soul. In turning to Ellison, a contemporary of Lorca, this chapter ... More


American Allegory: Lindy Hop and the Racial Imagination

Black Hawk Hancock

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780226043074
eISBN:
9780226043241
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226043241.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

“Perhaps,” wrote Ralph Ellison more than seventy years ago, “the zoot suit contains profound political meaning; perhaps the symmetrical frenzy of the Lindy-hop conceals clues to great potential ... More


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