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Historical Guide to Ralph Ellison

Historical Guide to Ralph Ellison - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195152517

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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2004
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Historical Guide to Ralph Ellison - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0195152517

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ISBN13: 978-0195152517
ISBN10: 0195152514
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Ralph Ellison has been a controversial figure, both lionized and vilified, since he seemed to burst fully formed on to the national literary scene in 1952 with the publication of Invisible Man. In this volume Steven C. Tracy has gathered a broad range of critics who look not only at Ellison's seminal novel but also at the fiction and nonfiction work that both preceded and followed it, focusing on important historical and cultural influences that help contextualize Ellison's thematic concerns and artistic aesthetic. These essays, all previously unpublished, explore how Ellison's various apprenciceships--in politics as a Black radical; in music as an admirer and practioner of European, American, and African-American music; and in literature as heir to his realist, naturalist, and modernist forebears--affected his mature literary productions, including his own careful molding of his literary reputation. They present us with a man negotiating the difficult sociopolitical, intellectual, and artistic terrain facing African Americans as America was increasingly forced to confront its own failures with regard to the promise of the American dream to its diverse populations. These wide-ranging historical essays, along with a brief biography and an illustrated chronology, provide a concise yet authoritative discussion of a twentieth-century American writer whose continued presence on the stage of American and world literature and culture is now assured.

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Abbreviations
Introduction, Steven C. Tracy Ralph Ellison, 1913-1994: A Brief Biography, Maryemma Graham and Jeffery Dwayne Mack Ellison in His Time 1. "Creative and Cultural Lag": The Radical Education of Ralph Ellison, William J. Maxwell
2. A Delicate Ear, a Rententive Memory, and the Power to Weld the Fragments, Steven C. Tracy
3. "Something Warmly, Infuriatingly Feminine": Gender, Sexuality, and the Work of Ralph Ellison, James Smethurst
4. The Integrated Literary Tradition, Alan Nadel
5. Ralph Ellison's Politics of Integration, Lawrence P. Jackson Illustrated Chronology Bibliographical Essay - Probing the Lower Frequencies: Fifty Years of Ellison Criticism, Robert J. Butler
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