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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.

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 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 Conversations with Ralph Ellison
Author Ralph Ellison
Publisher Univ. Press of Mississippi
Release Date 1995
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 409
ISBN 0878057811
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Having published only one novel, Ralph Ellison gained and retained a reputation as one of America's premier authors. Though urged by his admirers and by critics to write more, at the time of his death in 1994 Ellison's renown rested upon a novel published in the 1950s. He remained at the peak of his eminence, acclaimed principally for this single work. But this astonishing book was Invisible Man, one of the cornerstones of modern American literature. In these interviews the author of this masterpiece proves himself intellectually vigorous, witty, and sometimes combative. These conversations about himself and about literature show him to be strongly independent, whether his remarks consider race, art, writing, or culture.

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.

Ralph Ellison by Harold Bloom

Title Ralph Ellison
Author Harold Bloom
Publisher Infobase Publishing
Release Date 2009
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 247
ISBN 9781604135787
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Presents a collection of critical essays on the works of Ralph Ellison.

Title Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope
Author Lucas E. Morel
Publisher University Press of Kentucky
Release Date 2015-01-13
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9780813147734
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An important new collection of original essays that examine how Ellison's landmark novel, Invisible Man (1952), addresses the social, cultural, political, economic, and racial contradictions of America. Commenting on the significance of Mark Twain's writings, Ralph Ellison wrote that "a novel could be fashioned as a raft of hope, perception and entertainment that might help keep us afloat as we tried to negotiate the snags and whirlpools that mark our nation's vacillating course toward and away from the democratic ideal." Ellison believed it was the contradiction between America's "noble ideals and the actualities of our conduct" that inspired the most profound literature -- "the American novel at its best." Drawing from the fields of literature, politics, law, and history, the contributors make visible the political and ethical terms of Invisible Man, while also illuminating Ellison's understanding of democracy and art. Ellison hoped that his novel, by providing a tragicomic look at American ideals and mores, would make better citizens of his readers. The contributors also explain Ellison's distinctive views on the political tasks and responsibilities of the novelist, an especially relevant topic as contemporary writers continue to confront the American incongruity between democratic faith and practice. Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope uniquely demonstrates why Invisible Man stands as a premier literary meditation on American democracy.

Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison

Title Juneteenth
Author Ralph Ellison
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2011-06-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 400
ISBN 0307797368
Language English, Spanish, and French
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER "[A]n extraordinary book, a work of staggering virtuosity. With its publication, a giant world of literature has just grown twice as tall."--Newsday From Ralph Ellison--author of the classic novel of African-American experience, Invisible Man--the long-awaited second novel. Here is the master of American vernacular--the rhythms of jazz and gospel and ordinary speech--at the height of his powers, telling a powerful, evocative tale of a prodigal of the twentieth century. "Tell me what happened while there's still time," demands the dying Senator Adam Sunraider to the itinerate Negro preacher whom he calls Daddy Hickman. As a young man, Sunraider was Bliss, an orphan taken in by Hickman and raised to be a preacher like himself. Bliss's history encompasses the joys of young southern boyhood; bucolic days as a filmmaker, lovemaking in a field in the Oklahoma sun. And behind it all lies a mystery: how did this chosen child become the man who would deny everything to achieve his goals? Brilliantly crafted, moving, wise, Juneteenth is the work of an American master.

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Title Invisible Man
Author Ralph Ellison
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2018
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN OCLC:1057321923
Language English, Spanish, and French
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New Essays On Invisible Man by Robert G. O'Meally

Title New Essays on Invisible Man
Author Robert G. O'Meally
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 1988-03-25
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 190
ISBN 0521313694
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A collection of essays on Ralph Ellison's novel, Invisible Man.

Invisible Man by Kerry McSweeney

Title Invisible Man
Author Kerry McSweeney
Publisher Twayne Pub
Release Date 1988
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 139
ISBN STANFORD:36105040864444
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Describes the background Ralph Ellison's novel, discusses its major themes, and looks at its critical reception

Title The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison
Author Ralph Ellison
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2019-12-03
Category Literary Collections
Total Pages 1072
ISBN 9780812998535
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A radiant collection of letters from the renowned author of Invisible Man that trace the life and mind of a giant of American literature, with insights into the riddle of identity, the writer’s craft, and the story of a changing nation over six decades A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK These extensive and revealing letters span the life of Ralph Ellison and provide a remarkable window into the great writer’s life and work, his friendships, rivalries, anxieties, and all the questions about identity, art, and the American soul that bedeviled and inspired him until his death. They include early notes to his mother, written as an impoverished college student; lively exchanges with the most distinguished American writers and thinkers of his time, from Romare Bearden to Saul Bellow; and letters to friends and family from his hometown of Oklahoma City, whose influence would always be paramount. These letters are beautifully rendered first-person accounts of Ellison’s life and work and his observations of a changing world, showing his metamorphosis from a wide-eyed student into a towering public intellectual who confronted and articulated America’s complexities.

Invisible Man S Literary Heritage by Valerie Bonita Gray

Title Invisible Man s Literary Heritage
Author Valerie Bonita Gray
Publisher Rodopi
Release Date 1978
Category African Americans in literature
Total Pages 145
ISBN 906203652X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Critical Response to Kamau Brathwaite
Author Emily Allen Williams
Publisher Praeger
Release Date 2004
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 326
ISBN UOM:39015063242948
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Explores the critical responses to Kamau Brathwaite's Anglophone Caribbean poetry written from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Title The Critical Response to Marianne Moore
Author Elizabeth Gregory
Publisher Praeger Pub Text
Release Date 2003
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 298
ISBN UOM:39015058111009
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Presents a collection of reviews on Marianne Moore's modernist poetry.

Title The Critical Response to D H Lawrence
Author Jan Pilditch
Publisher Greenwood
Release Date 2001
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 402
ISBN UOM:39015053777937
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The works of D.H. Lawrence have always generated critical controversy. From the early prosecution of The Rainbow (1915) to more recent disputes about feminist criticism, Lawrence engenders strong feelings, both for and against his writings. This reference chronicles the critical reception of his works. Included are reviews and essays on his novels, plays, short fiction, poetry, and letters and prose. The volume begins with a chronology of the major events in his publishing career and an introductory overview of the response to his writings. A selected bibliography concludes the work.

Title The Critical Response to John Steinbeck s The Grapes of Wrath
Author Barbara A. Heavilin
Publisher Greenwood
Release Date 2000
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 357
ISBN UOM:39015049496667
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When it was initially published in 1939, John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath instantly became a bestseller. Like many phenomenally popular works, it has elicited a wide range of critical responses. Some critics have attacked Steinbeck for his alleged sentimentalism, while others have praised him for writing a great American epic. While modern critics have generally responded positively toward his novel, they have done so at a time when its place in the American literary canon is increasingly uncertain. Through reviews, previously published essays, and original material, this volume records the critical reception of The Grapes of Wrath up to the recent editions of the 1990s. The volume additionally includes a chronology, bibliography, and extensive introductory essay.

Title John Updike the Critical Responses to the Rabbit Saga
Author Jack De Bellis
Publisher Praeger Pub Text
Release Date 2005
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 298
ISBN UOM:39015060558395
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Offers an in-depth exploration of John Updike's Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom saga through critical literary responses.

Title The Critical Response to Arthur Miller
Author Steve Centola
Publisher Praeger
Release Date 2006
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 562
ISBN UOM:39015066866107
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Traces the evolution of Miller scholarship during a span of nearly sixty years.

Great Books by David Denby

Title Great Books
Author David Denby
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2013-06-18
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 496
ISBN 9781439127155
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

THE NATIONAL BESTSELLER At the age of forty-eight, writer and film critic David Denby returned to Columbia University and re-enrolled in two core courses in Western civilization to confront the literary and philosophical masterpieces -- the "great books" -- that are now at the heart of the culture wars. In Great Books, he leads us on a glorious tour, a rediscovery and celebration of such authors as Homer and Boccaccio, Locke and Nietzsche. Conrad and Woolf. The resulting personal odyssey is an engaging blend of self-discovery, cultural commentary, reporting, criticism, and autobiography -- an inspiration for anyone in love with the written word.