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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


Invisible Odysseus and the Cyclops: Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

Justine McConnell

in Black Odysseys: The Homeric Odyssey in the African Diaspora since 1939

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199605002
eISBN:
9780191751226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605002.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1952) was published just two years before the American Civil Rights Movement began in earnest. Positioning itself at the centre of a triangle of ancient classical ... More


Invisible Man’s Grandfather and the American Dream

Steven D. Ealy

in The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781496806796
eISBN:
9781496806833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496806796.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Steven D. Ealy’s “Invisible Man’s Grandfather and the American Dream” examines the grandfather in Invisible Man, an enigmatic figure from whom the narrator learns despite his doubts about the wisdom ... 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


(Re)Viewing Ellison’s Invisible Man: Comedy, Rage, and Cultural Tradition in an African American Classic

Terrence T. Tucker

in Furiously Funny: Comic Rage from Ralph Ellison to Chris Rock

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813054360
eISBN:
9780813053059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813054360.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man as a foundational work in the development of comic rage, particularly through its use of black folk tradition. Ellison’s use of the tradition of ... More


The Body and Invisible Man: Ralph Ellison’s Novel in Twenty-First-Century Performance and Public Spaces

Patrice Rankine

in The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781496806796
eISBN:
9781496806833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496806796.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Patrice Rankine’s “The Body and Invisible Man: Ralph Ellison’s Novel in Twenty-First-Century Performance and Public Spaces,” contrasts the artistic uses of physicality in Invisible Man the novel with ... More


Race/Erasure: Douglass to Roth

Michael T. Gilmore

in Surface and Depth: The Quest for Legibility in American Culture

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195157765
eISBN:
9780199787784
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157765.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter focuses on the American dilemma of race, exploring the rise of a literary countertradition that privileges silence and dissimulation over candor and accessibility. Examples are Frederick ... More


The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century

Marc C. Conner and Lucas E. Morel

in The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781496806796
eISBN:
9781496806833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496806796.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This introduction situates Ellison’s writings in the context of new approaches and abiding interest in his work; explores the affinity between Ralph Ellison’s fiction and commentary and Barack ... More


Invisible Man and the Politics of Love

Robert Butler

in The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781496806796
eISBN:
9781496806833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496806796.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Robert Butler’s “Invisible Man and the Politics of Love” rebuts the critique of Ellison as insufficiently engaged politically and alienated from authentic black culture, voiced most recently in ... More


Interrupted Intertextuality in Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker

Amy C. Tang

in Repetition and Race: Asian American Literature After Multiculturalism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190464387
eISBN:
9780190464400
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190464387.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter 3 reads Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker as a meditation on the conditions for entering the multicultural public sphere. Uncovering Lee’s intertextual repetitions of two modernist classics, ... 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


Invisible Man in the Age of Obama: Ellison on (Color) Blindness, Visibility, and the Hopes for a Postracial America

Bryan Crable

in The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781496806796
eISBN:
9781496806833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496806796.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Bryan Crable’s “Invisible Man in the Age of Obama: Ellison on (Color) Blindness, Visibility, and the Hopes for a Postracial America” offers a bold view of the implications of Ellison’s work on the ... 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


The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century

Marc C. Conner and Lucas E. Morel (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781496806796
eISBN:
9781496806833
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496806796.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century offers fifteen original essays that seek to examine and re-examine Ellison’s life and work in the context of their meanings for our own ... More


The Noisy Lostness: Oppositionality and Acousmatic Subjectivity in

Herman Beavers

in The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781496806796
eISBN:
9781496806833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496806796.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Herman Beavers’s “The Noisy Lostness: Oppositionality and Acousmatic Subjectivity in Invisible Man” explores Ellison’s complex analyses of jazz and bebop music, situating Ellison’s views in the ... More


Mourning and Melancholy: Explaining the Ellison Animus

Ross Posnock

in The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781496806796
eISBN:
9781496806833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496806796.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Ross Posnock’s “Mourning and Melancholy: Explaining the Ellison Animus” investigates the “animus” or sense of resentment and criticism that has dogged Ellison from Invisible Man’s first appearance ... More


Lonely Crusaders, Part I

Alan M. Wald

in American Night: The Literary Left in the Era of the Cold War

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835869
eISBN:
9781469601502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807837344_wald.9
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter focuses on three African American writers of the Depression generation: Chester Himes, Ralph Ellison, and Richard Wright. Their respective Communist autobiographies—The Lonely Crusade ... More


Epilogue: Democracy’s Plunges

Gregory Laski

in Untimely Democracy: The Politics of Progress After Slavery

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780190642792
eISBN:
9780190642815
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190642792.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, African-American Literature

The Epilogue places Spike Lee’s Bamboozled into dialogue with the thought of Ralph Ellison, whose Invisible Man constitutes the silent source for Lee’s film. At the center of both works is the image ... More


“How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take to Screw in a Blues Singer?”: The French Revolution, King Louis Armstrong, and the Futuristic Jungleism of Jazz

Steven C. Tracy

in The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781496806796
eISBN:
9781496806833
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496806796.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

In “‘How many light bulbs does it take to screw in a blues singer?’: The French Revolution, King Louis Armstrong, and the Futuristic Jungleism of Jazz,” Steven C. Tracy argues that Invisible Man ... More


The Miracle Year: Winter and Spring

Jonathan R. Eller

in Becoming Ray Bradbury

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036293
eISBN:
9780252093357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036293.003.0035
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter focuses on Ray Bradbury's auspicious year as a writer during the winter and spring of 1950. Between the fall of 1949 and the fall of 1950, Bradbury submitted major works such as The ... More


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