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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (4): 487–509.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Christopher G. Diller Although recent scholarship has shown how many twentieth-century African American writers appraised the mixed literary inheritance of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), Ralph Ellison has been neglected in this regard. This essay excavates Ellison’s critique...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (3): 345–369.
Published: 01 September 2021
... it. This essay hypothesizes that postmodern theories of truth and concomitant transformations in reader sensibilities partly account for the legitimization and now dominance of biofiction. The essay analyzes a 1968 literary debate among Ralph Ellison, William Styron, and Robert Penn Warren, which on the surface...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1998) 59 (1): 99–119.
Published: 01 March 1998
... United States” recently appeared in Modern Fiction Studies . Race Man, Organization Man, Invisible Man Andrew Hoberek The organization had given the world a new shape, and me a vital role. -Invisible Man Since the 1952 publication of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, one...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1999) 60 (1): 123–125.
Published: 01 March 1999
... and Alice Walker to sketch a “poetics of disobedience” (ig3), which she traces to King’s critical interaction with Emerson’s legacy. A key text that she does not examine is Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, whose black protagonist optimistically presents a letter of introduction at the offices...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1999) 60 (1): 125–128.
Published: 01 March 1999
... as the intellectual property of all. Prior to this coda Patterson briefly runs through works by Toni Cade Bambara and Alice Walker to sketch a “poetics of disobedience” (ig3), which she traces to King’s critical interaction with Emerson’s legacy. A key text that she does not examine is Ralph Ellison’s...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (3): 350–353.
Published: 01 September 2019
... much religion or too much Enlightenment” (163). Another approach is to invoke “the uncanniness of the ordinary” (184n45). This loftier tradition, which starts with Emerson and the James brothers and includes writers such as Gertrude Stein, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, and Frank O’Hara, is impelled...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1994) 55 (3): 339–341.
Published: 01 September 1994
..., but rather to take it as seriously as it deserves. Sundquist ends by demanding from critics and readers of American literature the same acts of “eclectic resourcefulness” and “democratic faith” that Ralph Ellison urged from U.S. literary artists: this project sets just such an example. As a model...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2005) 66 (4): 505–538.
Published: 01 December 2005
...: ‘Conventional’ Poetic Form in the Harlem Renaissance,” Genders 7 (1990): 32–46. 8  Ralph Ellison, “Brave Words for a Startling Occasion” (1953), in The Collected Essays, ed. John F. Callahan (New York: Modern Library, 1995), 151; Hartmut Gran- del, “The Role of Music in the Self-Reflexive Poetry...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1985) 46 (2): 191–201.
Published: 01 June 1985
... stories, from Homer to Ralph Ellison, shouldn’t the reader worry about the fact that Rousseau never does “return,” as Egan acknowledges two pages later? But Egan’s analysis does not require precision: “One value of a familiar myth is that very slight verbal clues . . . persuade the reader...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1988) 49 (2): 200–207.
Published: 01 June 1988
.... Motley, Warren. The American Abraham: James Fenimore Cooper and the Frontier Patriarch. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture, 1987. x + 188 pp. $22.50. Nadel, Alan. Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2000) 61 (4): 683–686.
Published: 01 December 2000
... at length, in addition to Locke, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, James Bald- win, Amiri Baraka, Samuel Delany, and Adrienne Kennedy, and he creatively pairs writers (DuBois with Frantz Fanon, Locke with Ellison and Hurston, Baldwin with Baraka, Delany with Kennedy...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2000) 61 (4): 686–689.
Published: 01 December 2000
... at length, in addition to Locke, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, James Bald- win, Amiri Baraka, Samuel Delany, and Adrienne Kennedy, and he creatively pairs writers (DuBois with Frantz Fanon, Locke with Ellison and Hurston, Baldwin with Baraka, Delany with Kennedy...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2000) 61 (4): 689–692.
Published: 01 December 2000
... at length, in addition to Locke, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, James Bald- win, Amiri Baraka, Samuel Delany, and Adrienne Kennedy, and he creatively pairs writers (DuBois with Frantz Fanon, Locke with Ellison and Hurston, Baldwin with Baraka, Delany with Kennedy...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2000) 61 (4): 692–696.
Published: 01 December 2000
... at length, in addition to Locke, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, James Bald- win, Amiri Baraka, Samuel Delany, and Adrienne Kennedy, and he creatively pairs writers (DuBois with Frantz Fanon, Locke with Ellison and Hurston, Baldwin with Baraka, Delany with Kennedy...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2006) 67 (3): 397–400.
Published: 01 September 2006
... at last to a cluster of novels by African American writers — Richard Wright’s Native Son (1940), Ralph Ellison’s Invis- ible Man (1952), and Alice Walker’s Meridian (1976) — he finds versions of the archetypal cross-racial pairing that record the scripted white betrayal from the point of view...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2006) 67 (3): 400–404.
Published: 01 September 2006
... productively interrupts the trajectory of these readings of failure and betrayal to introduce a promising second argu- ment for To Hell and Back. Turning at last to a cluster of novels by African American writers — Richard Wright’s Native Son (1940), Ralph Ellison’s Invis- ible Man (1952), and Alice...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2006) 67 (3): 404–407.
Published: 01 September 2006
... of these readings of failure and betrayal to introduce a promising second argu- ment for To Hell and Back. Turning at last to a cluster of novels by African American writers — Richard Wright’s Native Son (1940), Ralph Ellison’s Invis- ible Man (1952), and Alice Walker’s Meridian (1976) — he finds versions...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2006) 67 (3): 408–411.
Published: 01 September 2006
... of these readings of failure and betrayal to introduce a promising second argu- ment for To Hell and Back. Turning at last to a cluster of novels by African American writers — Richard Wright’s Native Son (1940), Ralph Ellison’s Invis- ible Man (1952), and Alice Walker’s Meridian (1976) — he finds versions...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2006) 67 (3): 411–416.
Published: 01 September 2006
... at last to a cluster of novels by African American writers — Richard Wright’s Native Son (1940), Ralph Ellison’s Invis- ible Man (1952), and Alice Walker’s Meridian (1976) — he finds versions of the archetypal cross-racial pairing that record the scripted white betrayal from the point of view...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2006) 67 (3): 416–418.
Published: 01 September 2006
... of these readings of failure and betrayal to introduce a promising second argu- ment for To Hell and Back. Turning at last to a cluster of novels by African American writers — Richard Wright’s Native Son (1940), Ralph Ellison’s Invis- ible Man (1952), and Alice Walker’s Meridian (1976) — he finds versions...