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Ellison's Resistance: The Place for Underground Praxis in the Black Radical Constellation

dc.creatorTaylor, Terrell Anderson
dc.description.abstractIn this intervention, I evaluate the literary work of Ralph Ellison with respect to other black writers of his time to explore the precise-rather than perceived-differences and similarities between his aesthetic and political perspective and others that have been accepted into a loosely defined canon of the black radical tradition. By comparing Ellison's thought against that of James Baldwin and Frantz Fanon, I demonstrate the tactical insight of Ellison's thought, as well as the convergences between Fanon (as an accepted black radical thinker) and Ellison. It is important to remember that Black Skin, White Masks and Invisible Man were both published in the same year, 1952. While Fanon and Ellison do not explicitly acknowledge each other, both are responding to similar pressures on black politics, aesthetics, and culture. A comparison of these two thinkers, Fanon and Ellison, reveals a hidden dimension of black radical praxis that has been dismissed as non-avant-garde.
dc.subjectBlack Radical Tradition
dc.subjectBlack Studies
dc.subjectAfrican American Literature
dc.subjectRalph Ellison
dc.titleEllison's Resistance: The Place for Underground Praxis in the Black Radical Constellation
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVera Kutzinski
dc.type.materialtext University
dc.contributor.committeeChairHortense Spillers

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