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Table of Contents

Preface to the Series vii
Preface to the Volume ix
Part 1 Materials
Readings for Students 3
The Instructor's Library 4
Reference 4
Critical Studies 4
Background Studies 10
Music 15
Part 2 Approaches
Introduction 19
The Student and Teacher as Readers of Invisible Man 26
The Use of Culture and Artistic Freedom: The Right of a Minority Writer 26
Making Invisible Man Matter 31
Discovering an Art of the Self in History: A Principle of Afro-American Life 37
Learning to Listen to Lower Frequencies 43
A Deeper Literacy: Teaching Invisible Man from Aboriginal Ground 51
The Novel and Its Afro-American, American, and European Traditions 58
Invisible Man and the American Way of Intellectual History 58
"Not like an arrow, but a boomerang": Ellison's Existential Blues 65
Ellison's Narrator as Emersonian Scholar 75
"An American Negro Idiom": Invisible Man and the Politics of Culture 79
Losing It "even as he finds it": The Invisible Man's Search for Identity 86
Invisible Man and the European Tradition 96
Invisible Man and the Comic Tradition 102
Invisible Man in an Ethnic Literature Course 107
Teaching the Novel Thematically 112
Understanding the Lower Frequencies: Names and the Novel 112
Focusing on the Prologue and the Epilogue 119
"Ball the jack": Surreality, Sexuality, and the Role of Women in Invisible Man 124
Sample Study Guides 133
Participants in Survey of Ellison Instructors and Contributors to the Volume 139
Works Cited 140
Index 151
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