Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man : A Casebook

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Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man: A Casebook offers students and scholars a rich variety of interpretations from which to fashion their own views of the novel and the man who created it. Both Ellison's comments, a number of which appear in print here for the first time, and those of ten distinguished scholars of American and African-American literature take the position that there can be no last word on Invisible Man. Different as they are, the essays
share a respect for the novel's fluidity and for every reader's encounter with its narrator, story, and meanings.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 366 pages
  • 139 x 208 x 24mm | 409g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195145364
  • 9780195145366
  • 654,080

Table of contents

John F. Callahan: Introduction
Part I Prologue: Ralph Ellison on Invisible Man
Before Publication
After Publication
Part II Critical Essays on Invisible Man
1: Kenneth Burke: Ralph Ellison's Trueblooded Bildungsroman
2: Larry Neal: Ellison's Zoot Suit
3: Nathan A. Scott, Jr.: Ellison's Vision of Communitas
4: Morris Dickstein: Ralph Ellison, Race, and American Culture
5: Robert G. O'Meally: The Rules of Magic: Hemingway as Ellison's "Ancestor"
6: Valerie Smith: The Meaning of Narration in Invisible Man
7: John S. Wright: The Conscious Hero and the Rites of Man: Ellison's War
8: Claudia Tate: Notes on the Invisible Women in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man
9: Leon Forrest: Luminosity from the Lower Frequencies
10: John F. Callahan: Ellison's Invisible Man
Part III Epilogue
Ralph Ellison: On Initiation Rites and Power: A Lecture at West Point
Selected Bibliography
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About John F. Callahan

John F. Callahan is Morgan S. Odell Professor of Humanities at Lewis and Clark College. He is literary executor for Ralph Ellison's estate.
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