Ralph Ellison and the Politics of the Novel by William H. RiceRalph Ellison and the Politics of the Novel by William H. Rice

Ralph Ellison and the Politics of the Novel

byWilliam H. Rice

Paperback | March 29, 2007

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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 reads both Invisible Man and the posthumously published Juneteenth as novels that focus on the political uses of language. He explores Ellison's concept of the novel, promulgated in that author's two collections of essays, as an inherently political form of art. And he carefully considers the political context that undoubtedly impacted Ellison's work and thought: a world and a time rocked to its foundation by such revolutionary actors as Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. Rice guides his reader to a greater understanding of Ralph Ellison, his oeuvre, and the American novel.
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).
Title:Ralph Ellison and the Politics of the NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:162 pages, 9.1 × 6.05 × 0.45 inPublished:March 29, 2007Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739123238

ISBN - 13:9780739123232


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

Editorial Reviews

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.