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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


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


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


“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


“Life Upon the Horns of the White Man’s Dilemma”: Ralph Ellison, Gunnar Myrdal, and the Project of National Therapy

Stephen Schryer

in Fantasies of the New Class: Ideologies of Professionalism in Post-World War II American Fiction

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231157575
eISBN:
9780231527477
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231157575.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Ralph Ellison's critique of Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma. Ellison rejected Myrdal's claim that black culture and psychology can be viewed as pathological by-products of ... More


“My Hole Is Warm and Full of Light”: The Sub-urban Real Estate of Invisible Man

Adrienne Brown

in Race and Real Estate

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199977260
eISBN:
9780190255251
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977260.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter traces the development of Invisible Man’s sub-urban ethics, beginning with the 1981 new introduction, in which Ellison explains the American spatial logic that spurred its writing, ... More


A Place Apart: The “New Ghetto” and the “Old Neighborhood”

Benjamin Looker

in A Nation of Neighborhoods: Imagining Cities, Communities, and Democracy in Postwar America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226073989
eISBN:
9780226290454
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226290454.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Amid mounting public concern over the nation's simmering “urban crisis,” journalists, social scientists, and critics struggled to determine the relevance of received notions of neighborhood functions ... More


As the Spirit Moves

Josef Sorett

in Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199844937
eISBN:
9780190606640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844937.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Examining a number of key essays written by black writers in the late 1940s and the 1950s, this chapter chronicles an uptick in claims regarding the catholicity of black literature and the ... More


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