Ralph Ellison & The Great American Novel

Hi guys! Just wanted to make sure that as you come to post your weekly writings for Thursday that you remember we are also going to be talking about the prologue to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man – that’s a text that is canonical to the extent that it’s often considered one of the contenders for “The Great American Novel.” I think this is right & deserved – it’s one of my favorite books ever. But I just wanted to give you a couple of things to look at (if you’re interested – not at all required) that might contextualize the book and give you a sense of how people discuss it, especially since we’re only looking at a tiny slice of the novel. Here are some pieces:

https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2014/05/30/317056807/ralph-ellison-no-longer-the-invisible-man-100-years-after-his-birth

https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/ralph-ellisons-invisible-man-as-a-parable-of-our-time

 

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