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The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century

Marc C. Conner and Lucas E. Morel


The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century offers fifteen original essays that seek to examine and re-examine Ellison’s life and work in the context of their meanings for our own age, the early 21st century, the age of Obama and of a nation that is simultaneously post-racial and all-too-racial. Following a careful introduction that situates Ellison’s writings in the context of new approaches and abiding interest in his work, while also exploring the affinity between Ralph Ellison’s fiction and commentary and Barack Obama’s political and literary sensibilities, the book offer ... More

Keywords: Ralph Ellison, Juneteenth, Three Days, Invisible Man, Barack Obama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781496806796
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496806796.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc C. Conner, editor
Washington and Lee University

Lucas E. Morel, editor
Washington and Lee University

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The New Territory

Marc C. Conner and Lucas E. Morel

Part one Invisible Man Sixty Years Later: Revisiting Ellison’s Masterpiece in the Twenty-First Century

The Body and Invisible Man

Patrice Rankine

The Noisy Lostness

Herman Beavers

Part Two Three Days before the Shooting …: Ellison’s Ongoing Epic of America

Ralph Ellison in His Labyrinth

Eric J. Sundquist

Father Abraham

Marc C. Conner

Part Three Ralph Ellison and American Culture: Ellison Past, Present, and Future

Conclusion Ralph Ellison in the Twenty-First Century