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- DescriptionAn important new collection of original essays that examine how Ellison's landmark vel, Invisible Man (1952), addresses the social, cultural, political, ecomic, and racial contradictions of America. Commenting on the significance of Mark Twain's writings, Ralph Ellison wrote that a vel 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 ble ideals and the actualities of our conduct that inspired the most profound literature- the American vel 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 vel, 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 velist, 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.
- Author BiographyLucas E. Morel, associate professor of politics at Washington and Lee University, is the author of Lincoln's Sacred Effort: Defining Religion's Role in American Self-Government and numerous articles and reviews.
- PublisherThe University Press of Kentucky
- Date of Publication15/05/2006
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationLexington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University Press of Kentucky
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight392 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byLucas E. Morel
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Edition StatementNew edition
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