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Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison

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Bone, Robert. “Ralph Ellison and the Uses of Imagination.” In A Casebook on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, ed. Joseph F. Trimmer, pp. 203–224. New York: Thomas Y. Cromwell Company, 1972.

Busby, Mark. Ralph Ellison. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1991.

Callahan, John F., and Albert Murray, eds. Trading Twelves: The Selected Correspondence of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray. New York: Modern Library, 2000.

Ellison, Ralph. Living with Music: Ralph Ellison’s Jazz Writings. Ed. Robert G. O’Meally. New York: Modern Library, 2000.

———. Shadow and Act. New York: Vintage Books, 1995.

Nadel, Alan. Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American Canon. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1988.

O’Meally, Robert, ed. New Essays on Invisible Man. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Tracy, Steven C. A Historical Guide to Ralph Ellison. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2004.

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Ras the Exhorter, Fascism, and the Second Italo-Abyssianian War

by glc45, August 21, 2015

Something I noted throughout the book was a number of connotations between Ras the Exhorter, and Fascist Italy's invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, roughly when the novel is set.

Ras is the title for an Ethiopian prince in Amharic, but it was also a title used for agricultural fascist leaders in interwar and WW11-era Italy, and considering the relationship between Italy and Ethiopia at the time, this doesn't appear to be an accident.

In 1935, Ethiopia was one of only two independent African countries, with the other being Liber... Read more

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Ras the Exhorter, Fascism, and the Second Italo-Abyssinian War

by glc45, August 21, 2015

Something I noted throughout the book was a number of connotations between Ras the Exhorter, and Fascist Italy's invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, roughly when the novel is set.

Ras is the title for an Ethiopian prince in Amharic, but it was also a title used for agricultural fascist leaders in interwar and WW11-era Italy, and considering the relationship between Italy and Ethiopia at the time, this doesn't appear to be an accident.

In 1935, Ethiopia was one of only two independent African countries, with the other being Liberia. B... Read more

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