Ralph Ellisons Invisible Man: A Casebook

Paperback | January 7, 2005

EditorJohn F. Callahan

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This casebook features ten distinctive and provocative essays in addition to a generous sampling of Ellison's comments on the novel. A number of the latter are from letters never before published; also published here for the first time is Part II of Ellison's "Working Notes on Invisible Man,"an undated exposition of his authorial intentions, probably written in 1946 or 1947. The ten essays are a selection of the most perceptive and comprehensive essays written on Invisible Man during the last thirty-five years, including an essay by Kenneth Burke, which began as a letter to Ellison about the novel, written before its publication in 1952. Also among the essays is LarryNeal's "Ellison's Zoot Suit," in which he finds the novel an exemplary enactment in fiction of the "black aesthetic." The essays explore topics of narrative form, classical and vernacular points of reference, and the relationship between the themes of love and politics. Taken together with Ellison's "Working Notes" and later commentary on the novel, these essays account for the continuing appeal of Invisible Manmore than fifty years after its publication. An editor's introduction and a full bibliography accompany the essays, selections from Ellison's writings, and informal statements on his novel. The volume offers a rich variety of interpretations of Invisible Man for students and scholars ofEllison.

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This casebook features ten distinctive and provocative essays in addition to a generous sampling of Ellison's comments on the novel. A number of the latter are from letters never before published; also published here for the first time is Part II of Ellison's "Working Notes on Invisible Man,"an undated exposition of his authorial inten...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 1.1 inPublished:January 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195145364

ISBN - 13:9780195145366

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John F. Callahan: IntroductionPart I Prologue: Ralph Ellison on Invisible ManBefore PublicationAfter PublicationPart II Critical Essays on Invisible Man1. Kenneth Burke: Ralph Ellison's Trueblooded Bildungsroman2. Larry Neal: Ellison's Zoot Suit3. Nathan A. Scott, Jr.: Ellison's Vision of Communitas4. Morris Dickstein: Ralph Ellison, Race, and American Culture5. Robert G. O'Meally: The Rules of Magic: Hemingway as Ellison's "Ancestor"6. Valerie Smith: The Meaning of Narration in Invisible Man7. John S. Wright: The Conscious Hero and the Rites of Man: Ellison's War8. Claudia Tate: Notes on the Invisible Women in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man9. Leon Forrest: Luminosity from the Lower Frequencies10. John F. Callahan: Ellison's Invisible ManPart III EpilogueRalph Ellison: On Initiation Rites and Power: A Lecture at West PointSelected Bibliography