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Title A Historical Guide to Ralph Ellison
Author Steven C. Tracy
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2004-05-13
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 296
ISBN 0199727325
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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 These essays, all previously unpublished, explore how Ellison's various apprenticeships--in politics as a Black radical; in music as an admirer and practitioner of European, American, and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.

Title A Historical Guide to Ralph Ellison
Author Steven C. Tracy
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2007
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN OCLC:1073734324
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Ralph Ellison s Invisible Man A Reference Guide
Author Michael D. Hill
Publisher ABC-CLIO
Release Date 2008-01-30
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 208
ISBN 9780313350900
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man is one of the most widely read works of African American literature. This book gives students a thorough yet concise introduction to the novel. Included are chapters on the creation of the novel, its plot, its historical and social contexts, the themes and issues it addresses, Ellison's literary style, and the critical reception of the work. Students will welcome this book as a guide to the novel and the concerns it raises. The volume offers a detailed summary of the plot of Invisible Man as well as a discussion of its origin. It additionally considers the social, historical, and political contexts informing Ellison's work, along with the themes and issues Ellison addresses. It explores Ellison's literary art and surveys the novel's critical reception. Students will value this book for what it says about Invisible Man as well as for its illumination of enduring social concerns.

Title A Study Guide for Ralph Ellison s Invisible Man
Author Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher Gale, Cengage Learning
Release Date 2015-09-24
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 15
ISBN 9781410336026
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Study Guide for Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Title The Critical Response to Ralph Ellison
Author Robert Butler
Publisher Greenwood
Release Date 2000
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 243
ISBN UOM:39015049630414
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Since the publication of Invisible Man in 1952, Ralph Ellison has been widely recognized as a major writer who has made lasting contributions to American, African American, and modernist traditions. This book traces the response to his works from the initial reviews of Invisible Man to the posthumous publication of Ellison's second novel, Juneteenth, in 1999. While the bulk of the volume includes previously published essays and reviews of Invisible Man, the book also includes sections devoted to Ellison's short fiction and nonfiction. It concludes with several posthumous estimates of Ellison's work and a selected bibliography of primary and secondary materials.

Title A Historical Guide to Henry James
Author John Carlos Rowe
Publisher Oxford University Press on Demand
Release Date 2012-02-16
Category History
Total Pages 271
ISBN 9780195121353
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An excellent primer to the work and milieu of Henry James, this collection of essays highlights the historical and cultural issues that influenced the great novelist.

Title A Historical Guide to James Baldwin
Author Douglas Field
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2009-09-24
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 272
ISBN 019971066X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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With contributions from major scholars of African American literature, history, and cultural studies, A Historical Guide to James Baldwin focuses on the four tumultous decades that defined the great author's life and art. Providing a comprehensive examination of Baldwin's varied body of work that includes short stories, novels, and polemical essays, this collection reflects the major events that left an indelible imprint on the iconic writer: civil rights, black nationalism and the struggle for gay rights in the pre- and post-Stonewall eras. The essays also highlight Baldwin's under-studied role as a trans-Atlantic writer, his lifelong struggle with faith, and his use of music, especially the blues, as a key to unlock the mysteries of his identity as an exile, an artist, and a black American in a racially hostile era.

Title A Study Guide for Ralph Ellison s King of the Bingo Game
Author Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher Gale Cengage Learning
Release Date 2016-07-12
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 19
ISBN 9781410350473
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Study Guide for Ralph Ellison's "King of the Bingo Game," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs.

Title A Study Guide for Ralph Ellison s Battle Royal
Author Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher Gale Cengage Learning
Release Date 2016-07-12
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 24
ISBN 9781410341013
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Study Guide for Ralph Ellison's "Battle Royal," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs.

Title Ralph Ellison s Invisible Man
Author Ralph Ellison
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date 2004
Category Social Science
Total Pages 352
ISBN 0195145356
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The books that comprise the 'Casebooks in Criticism' series offer edited in-depth readings and critical notes and studies on the most important classic novels. This volume explores Ellison's 'Invisible Man'.

Title A Historical Guide to James Fenimore Cooper
Author Leland S. Person
Publisher Oxford University Press on Demand
Release Date 2007
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 249
ISBN UOM:39015067691819
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Historical Guide to James Fenimore Cooper features new critical essays by noted American literature scholars, Gerald Kennedy, John P. McWilliams, Dana Nelson, and Barbara Mann, as well as a brief biography by authorized Cooper biographer Wayne Franklin and a survey of Cooper scholarship and criticism and bibliography by Jeffrey Walker. Kennedy examines Cooper's five-volume Gleanings in Europe as the most ambitious effort by an antebellum American author to scrutinize the new nation from a critical, transnational perspective. McWilliams challenges the critical and scholarly neglect of Cooper's women, by analyzing the four Revolutionary War novels in which young women play critical roles in furthering political debates about loyalty, independence and family upon which America's new republican culture depends. Examining the five Leatherstocking novels, Nelson shows how groupings of male and female characters across lines of class, habitude and race foreground the problems of creating new identities that can support the democratic aims of the early United States. Mann defends Cooper from nineteenth-century as well as twentieth-century attacks that he was a "race traitor" and argues provocatively that Natty Bumppo is a mixed-race character. Wayne Franklin offers a preview of his forthcoming two-volume biography of Cooper. Editor Leland S. Person provides an introduction and an illustrated chronology of Cooper's life and nineteenth-century historical events.

Epic In American Culture by Christopher N. Phillips

Title Epic in American Culture
Author Christopher N. Phillips
Publisher JHU Press
Release Date 2012-05-01
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 376
ISBN 9781421405278
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The epic calls to mind the famous works of ancient poets such as Homer, Virgil, and Ovid. These long, narrative poems, defined by valiant characters and heroic deeds, celebrate events of great importance in ancient times. In this thought-provoking study, Christopher N. Phillips shows in often surprising ways how this exalted classical form proved as vital to American culture as it did to the great societies of the ancient world. Through close readings of James Fenimore Cooper, Lydia Sigourney, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Herman Melville, as well as the transcendentalists, Phillips traces the rich history of epic in American literature and art from early colonial times to the late nineteenth century. Phillips shows that far from fading in the modern age, the epic form was continuously remade to frame a core element of American cultural expression. He finds the motive behind this sustained popularity in the historical interrelationship among the malleability of the epic form, the idea of a national culture, and the prestige of authorship—a powerful dynamic that extended well beyond the boundaries of literature. By locating the epic at the center of American literature and culture, Phillips’s imaginative study yields a number of important finds: the early national period was a time of radical experimentation with poetic form; the epic form was crucial to the development of constitutional law and the professionalization of visual arts; engagement with the epic synthesized a wide array of literary and artistic forms in efforts to launch the United States into the arena of world literature; and a number of writers shaped their careers around revising the epic form for their own purposes. Rigorous archival research, careful readings, and long chronologies of genre define this magisterial work, making it an invaluable resource for scholars of American studies, American poetry, and literary history.

A Historical Guide To F Scott Fitzgerald by Associate Professor of English Kirk Curnutt

Title A Historical Guide to F Scott Fitzgerald
Author Associate Professor of English Kirk Curnutt
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date 2004
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 285
ISBN UOM:39015060368803
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The historical context of Fitzgerald's writing is explored in these essays, which among other topics discuss the literary marketplace of the 1920s & 1930s, the influence of public figures such as Walter Lippmann, the mass market, motion pictures, & the aftermath of the Great War.

Invisible Criticism by Alan Nadel

Title Invisible Criticism
Author Alan Nadel
Publisher University of Iowa Press
Release Date 1991-03-01
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 197
ISBN 9781587291630
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In 1952 Ralph Ellison won the National Book Award for his Kafkaesque and claustrophobic novel about the life of a nameless young black man in New York City. Although Invisible Man has remained the only novel that Ellison published in his lifetime, it is generally regarded as one of the most important works of fiction in our century. This new reading of a classic work examines Ellison's relation to and critique of the American literary canon by demonstrating that the pattern of allusions in Invisible Man forms a literary-critical subtext which challenges the accepted readings of such major American authors as Emerson, Melville, and Twain. Modeling his argument on Foucault's analysis of the asylum, Nadel analyzes the institution of the South to show how it moved blacks from "enslavement" to "slavery" to "invisibility"—all in the interest of maintaining an organization of power based on racial caste. He then demonstrates the ways Ellison wrote in the modernist/surreal tradition to trace symbolically the history of blacks in America as they moved not only from the nineteenth century to the twentieth, and from the rural South to the urban North, but as they moved (sometimes unnoticed) through American fiction. It is on this latter movement that Nadel focuses his criticism, first demonstrating theoretically that allusions can impel reconsideration of the alluded-to text and thus function as a form of literary criticism, and then reading the specific criticism implied by Ellison's allusions to Emerson's essays and Lewis Mumford's The Golden Days, as well as to "Benito Cereno" and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Nadel also considers Ellison's allusions to Whitman, Eliot, Joyce, and the New Testament. Invisible Criticism will be of interest not only to students of American and Afro-American literature but also to those concerned about issues of literary theory, particularly in the areas of intertextual relationships, canonicity, and rehistoricism.

Title The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939
Author Robert L Harris Jr.
Publisher Columbia University Press
Release Date 2006-06-27
Category History
Total Pages 456
ISBN 9780231510875
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book is a multifaceted approach to understanding the central developments in African American history since 1939. It combines a historical overview of key personalities and movements with essays by leading scholars on specific facets of the African American experience, a chronology of events, and a guide to further study. Marian Anderson's famous 1939 concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial was a watershed moment in the struggle for racial justice. Beginning with this event, the editors chart the historical efforts of African Americans to address racism and inequality. They explore the rise of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements and the national and international contexts that shaped their ideologies and methods; consider how changes in immigration patterns have complicated the conventional "black/white" dichotomy in U.S. society; discuss the often uneasy coexistence between a growing African American middle class and a persistent and sizable underclass; and address the complexity of the contemporary African American experience. Contributors consider specific issues in African American life, including the effects of the postindustrial economy and the influence of music, military service, sports, literature, culture, business, and the politics of self-designation, e.g.,"Colored" vs. "Negro," "Black" vs. "African American". While emphasizing political and social developments, this volume also illuminates important economic, military, and cultural themes. An invaluable resource, The Columbia Guide to African American History Since 1939 provides a thorough understanding of a crucial historical period.

Title African American Review
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2006
Category African American arts
Total Pages 86
ISBN UOM:49015003176287
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Annual Bibliography Of English Language And Literature by Modern Humanities Research Association

Title Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature
Author Modern Humanities Research Association
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2004
Category English language
Total Pages 86
ISBN SRLF:A0004842274
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Includes both books and articles.

Title American Book Publishing Record
Author Anonim
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2004
Category American literature
Total Pages 86
ISBN UOM:39015066043194
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Notable African American Writers
Author Salem Press
Publisher Magill's Choice
Release Date 2006
Category African American authors
Total Pages 1350
ISBN 1587652730
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From slave narrative to abolitionist tracts, from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's to the Black Arts movement of the 1960's and 1970's, African American writers have always influenced literature in the United States. Notable African American Writers compiles 80 essays on great novelists, poets, playwrights, short-story writers, and writers of nonfiction from colonial America to today.