Ralph Ellison and the Politics of the Novel

Ralph Ellison and the Politics of the Novel

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In this engaging study, H. William Rice illuminates the mystery that is Ralph Ellison: the author of one complex, important novel who failed to complete his second; a black intellectual who remained notably reticent on political issues during the desegregation of his native South. Rice guides his reader to a greater understanding of Ralph Ellison, his oeuvre, and the American novel.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 147.32 x 223.52 x 12.7mm | 226.8g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0739123238
  • 9780739123232
  • 1,419,744

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Invisible Man in Invisible Man Chapter 3 The Magic and the Mystery of Words Chapter 4 A Socially Responsible Role for an Invisible Man Chapter 5 Outside History Chapter 6 Juneteenth: The Coon Cage Eight and the Jo Cah Chapter 7 Conclusions
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Review quote

Those versed in Ellison, African-American literature, and the art of the novel per se will find this a useful contribution to the literature. Recommended, upper-division undergraduates through faculty. CHOICE
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About H. William Rice

H. William Rice is Professor of English and Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Shorter College. He is the author of Toni Morrison and the American Tradition: A Rhetorical Reading (1996).
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