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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


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


Alternative Readings of Bigger Thomas

Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh

in The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780813175164
eISBN:
9780813175195
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813175164.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

Bigger Thomas, one of Richard Wright’s most memorable and distinctive fictional creations, has been interpreted in vastly different ways. This is partly because readers bring to Native Son different ... 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


“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


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


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


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


Asylums

David J. Alworth

in Site Reading: Fiction, Art, Social Form

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780691183343
eISBN:
9781400873807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691183343.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers Ralph Ellison's career-long interest in asylums—sites where “individuals” are, as Goffman writes, “cut off from the wider society”—suggests a new way of defining his ... 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


Basement: Ralph Ellison

Marta Figlerowicz

in Spaces of Feeling: Affect and Awareness in Modernist Literature

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501714221
eISBN:
9781501714245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501714221.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Ellison’s novel takes its political edge from turning the tables on experiences of interpersonal affective disempowerment of the kind that ... 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


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


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


(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


“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


The Mystery of American Identity: Ralph Ellison

Cheryl A. Wall

in On Freedom and the Will to Adorn: The Art of the African American Essay

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781469646909
eISBN:
9781469646923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646909.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

Although best known for his novel Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison’s essays, and the array of cultural and political agendas which prompt their conception, are integral to American literary theory and ... More


A Deep Pocket for the Truth of the Times: Ellison’s Other Groove of History

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/9780190682088.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter 5 treats Ellison’s music criticism as an expression of his commitment to durational time and a critique of cultural forms like bebop that, in Ellison’s estimation, lend form to a ... More


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