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A Historical Guide to Ralph Ellison (Historical Guides to American Authors)

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Ralph Ellison has been a controversial figure, both lionized and vilified, since he seemed to burst onto 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 These essays, all previously unpublished, explore how Ellison's various apprenticeships--in politics as a Black radical; in music as an admirer and practitioner of European, American, and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.

Synopsis:

- A collection of original essays that situate Ellison in his historical context

About the Author

Steven C. Tracy is Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Table of Contents

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

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195152517
Other:
Tracy, Steven C.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Other:
Tracy, Steven C.
Editor:
Tracy, Steven C.
Author:
Tracy, Steven C.
Author:
null, Steven C
Location:
New York
Subject:
American - African American & Black
Subject:
Ellison, Ralph
Subject:
African-American & Black
Subject:
African Americans in literature
Subject:
Literature/English | American Literature | African American
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Ellison, Ralph - Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Historical Guides to American Authors
Series Volume:
working paper 9788
Publication Date:
20040513
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 halftones
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
5.3 x 8 x 1 in 0.725 lb

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