Invisible Man

Invisible Man

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791097908
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/28/2008
Series: Bloom's Guides
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

One of our most popular, respected, and controversial literary critics, Yale University professor Harold Bloom's books -- about, variously, Shakespeare, the Bible, and the classic literature -- are as erudite as they are accessible.


New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

July 11, 1930

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955

Table of Contents

Introduction     7
Biographical Sketch     12
The Story Behind the Story     14
List of Characters     19
Summary and Analysis     22
Critical Views     34
Cultural Context of Invisible Man: Brown v. Board of Education     34
Ralph Ellison on Protest in Invisible Man     36
Larry Neal on Ellison's Place in the Art versus Politics Conflict     37
Kerry McSweeney on Influences on Invisible Man     40
Alan Nadel on Invisible Man and Huck and Jim     43
Walter Slatoff on Staying Human and Sane in Invisible Man     46
Eric J. Sundquist on Ralph Ellison, Jazz, and Louis Armstrong     50
John F. Callahan on the Struggle for Eloquence     53
Lawrence Jackson on the Concept of Invisibility     55
Shelly Eversley on Female Invisibility in the Novel     57
Ross Posnock Compares the Political Views of Ralph Ellison and Hannah Arendt     61
Anne Anlin Cheng on Ambiguity in Racial Encounters     64
Michael Anderson on Ellison's Failed Genius     67
Works   Ralph Ellison     70
Annotated Bibliography     71
Contributors     75
Acknowledgments     77
Index     79

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