Approaches to Teaching Ellison's Invisible Man

Approaches to Teaching Ellison's Invisible Man


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873525060
Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
Publication date: 01/28/1989
Series: Approaches to Teaching World Literature Series
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 6.11(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Seriesvii
Preface to the Volumeix
Part 1Materials
Readings for Students3
The Instructor's Library4
Critical Studies4
Background Studies10
Part 2Approaches
The Student and Teacher as Readers of Invisible Man26
The Use of Culture and Artistic Freedom: The Right of a Minority Writer26
Making Invisible Man Matter31
Discovering an Art of the Self in History: A Principle of Afro-American Life37
Learning to Listen to Lower Frequencies43
A Deeper Literacy: Teaching Invisible Man from Aboriginal Ground51
The Novel and Its Afro-American, American, and European Traditions58
Invisible Man and the American Way of Intellectual History58
"Not like an arrow, but a boomerang": Ellison's Existential Blues65
Ellison's Narrator as Emersonian Scholar75
"An American Negro Idiom": Invisible Man and the Politics of Culture79
Losing It "even as he finds it": The Invisible Man's Search for Identity86
Invisible Man and the European Tradition96
Invisible Man and the Comic Tradition102
Invisible Man in an Ethnic Literature Course107
Teaching the Novel Thematically112
Understanding the Lower Frequencies: Names and the Novel112
Focusing on the Prologue and the Epilogue119
"Ball the jack": Surreality, Sexuality, and the Role of Women in Invisible Man124
Sample Study Guides133
Participants in Survey of Ellison Instructors and Contributors to the Volume139
Works Cited140

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