The Resource Ralph ellison and the genius of america, Timothy Parrish, (electronic resource)

Ralph ellison and the genius of america, Timothy Parrish, (electronic resource)

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Ralph ellison and the genius of america
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Ralph ellison and the genius of america
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Timothy Parrish
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eng
Summary
Ralph Ellison has long been admired as the author of one of the most important American novels of the twentieth century, Invisible Man. Yet he has also been dismissed by some critics as a writer who only published one major work of fiction and a black intellectual out of touch with his times. In this book, Timothy Parrish offers a fundamentally different assessment of Ellison's legacy, describing him as the most important American writer since William Faulkner and someone whose political and cultural achievements have not been fully recognized. Embracing jazz artist Wynton Marsalis's characterization of Ellison as the unacknowledged "political theorist" of the civil rights movement, Parrish argues that the defining event of Ellison's career was not Invisible Man but the 1954 Supreme Court decision that set his country on the road to racial integration. In Parrish's view, no other American intellectual, black or white, better grasped the cultural implications of the new era than Ellison did; no other major American writer has been so misunderstood. Drawing on Ellison's recently published "unfinished" novel, newly released archival materials, and unpublished correspondence, Parrish provides a sustained reconsideration of the writer's crucial friendships with Richard Wright, Robert Penn Warren, and C. Vann Woodward to show how his life was dedicated to creating an American society in which all could participate equally. By resituating Ellison's career in the historical context of its making, Parrish challenges the premises that distorted the writer's reception in his own lifetime to make the case for Ellison as the essential visionary of post-Civil War America
Summary
Parrish (English, Florida State U.) responds to criticisms of Ralph Ellison as a one-hit wonder and out of touch with the realities of black America in his time. He shows, instead, a revolutionary figure admired by the likes of Philip Roth and Wynton Marsalis, while comparing him as a visionary on par with Martin Luther King Jr. In a final chapter, Parrish examines Barack Obama's career and current political role in world affairs and an on-going Ellisonian politics of black liberation. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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10081968
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Midwest
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1964-
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Parrish, Timothy
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813.54
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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no index present
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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hoopla digital
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  • Social Science
  • Social History
  • African American Studies
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adult
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Ralph ellison and the genius of america, Timothy Parrish, (electronic resource)
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multicolored
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MWT11447142
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1 online resource
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online
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781613762370
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11447142
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remote
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Label
Ralph ellison and the genius of america, Timothy Parrish, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11447142
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781613762370
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11447142
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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