In “Did the Digital Age Kill the Literary Star?” Richard Purcell looks back on Adam Bradley's Ralph Ellison in Progress: From “Invisible Man” to “Three Days before the Shooting” in light of Edward Snowden's revelations that the White House and the National Security Agency have been secretly collecting metadata on private citizens. The essay asks what Bradley's book and Ellison's fiction have to say about the role of the critic and literature when faced with the undemocratic forces of technology and progress.

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