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The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Ellison

The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Ellison

by Ross PosnockRoss Posnock


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Ralph Ellison's 1952 novel Invisible Man is one of the most important controversial novels in the American canon and remains widely read and studied. This Companion provides the most up-to-date introduction to this influential and significant novelist and critic and to his masterpiece. It features newly commissioned essays, a chronology and a guide to further reading. The essays recover the compelling urgency and relevance of Ellison's political and artistic vision. Students and scholars of American and African-American literature will find this work invaluable.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521535069
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/05/2005
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Ross Posnock is Professor of English at New York University.

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of contributors; Chronology; Introduction: Ellison's joking Ross Posnock; 1. Ralph Ellison's invented life: a meeting with ancestors Lawrence Jackson; 2. Ellison and the black Church: the gospel according to Ralph Laura Saunders; 3. Ellison, photography and the origins of invisibility Sara Blair; 4. Ralph Ellison's music lessons Paul Allen Anderson; 5. Ralph Ellison's constitutional faith Gregg Crane; 6. Ralph Ellison and the politics of melancholia Anne Anlin Cheng; 7. Invisible Ellison: the fight to be a Negro leader Tim Parrish; 8. Ellison's experimental attitude and the technologies of illumination John S. Wright; 9. Female iconography in Invisible Man Shelly Eversley; 10. Chaos not quite controlled: Ellison's uncompleted transit to Juneteenth Kenneth W. Warren; 11. Ralph Ellison, Hannah Arendt and the meaning of politics Ross Posnock; 12. Dry bones Eric J. Sundquist; Selected bibliography and suggestions for further reading; Index.

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