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Invisible Criticism

Invisible Criticism
Author : Alan Nadel
Publisher : University of Iowa Press
Release Date : 1991-03-01
Category : Literary Criticism
Total pages :197
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In 1952 Ralph Ellison won the National Book Award for his Kafkaesque and claustrophobic novel about the life of a nameless young black man in New York City. Although Invisible Man has remained the only novel that Ellison published in his lifetime, it is generally regarded as one of the most important works of fiction in our century. This new reading of a classic work examines Ellison's relation to and critique of the American literary canon by demonstrating that the pattern of allusions in Invisible Man forms a literary-critical subtext which challenges the accepted readings of such major American authors as Emerson, Melville, and Twain. Modeling his argument on Foucault's analysis of the asylum, Nadel analyzes the institution of the South to show how it moved blacks from "enslavement" to "slavery" to "invisibility"—all in the interest of maintaining an organization of power based on racial caste. He then demonstrates the ways Ellison wrote in the modernist/surreal tradition to trace symbolically the history of blacks in America as they moved not only from the nineteenth century to the twentieth, and from the rural South to the urban North, but as they moved (sometimes unnoticed) through American fiction. It is on this latter movement that Nadel focuses his criticism, first demonstrating theoretically that allusions can impel reconsideration of the alluded-to text and thus function as a form of literary criticism, and then reading the specific criticism implied by Ellison's allusions to Emerson's essays and Lewis Mumford's The Golden Days, as well as to "Benito Cereno" and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Nadel also considers Ellison's allusions to Whitman, Eliot, Joyce, and the New Testament. Invisible Criticism will be of interest not only to students of American and Afro-American literature but also to those concerned about issues of literary theory, particularly in the areas of intertextual relationships, canonicity, and rehistoricism.

Invisible Man's Literary Heritage

Invisible Man's Literary Heritage
Author : Valerie Bonita Gray
Publisher : Rodopi
Release Date : 1978
Category : African Americans in literature
Total pages :145
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Invisible Genealogies

Invisible Genealogies
Author : Regna Darnell
Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
Release Date : 2001-01-01
Category : Social Science
Total pages :373
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Invisible Genealogies is a landmark reinterpretation of the history of anthropology in North America. During the past two decades, theorizing by many American anthropologists has called for an "experimental moment" grounded in explicit self-reflexive scholarship and experimentation with alternate forms of presentation. Such postmodern anthropology has effectively downplayed connections with past luminaries in the field, whose scholarship is perceived to be uncomfortably colonialist and nonreflexive. Ironically, as the American Anthropological Association nears its one hundredth anniversary and interest in the history of the discipline is at an all-time high, that history has been effectively presented as removed from and irrelevant to the new generation. Invisible Genealogies offers an alternative, compelling vision of the development of anthropology in North America, one that emphasizes continuity rather than discontinuity from legendary founder Franz Boas to the present. Regna Darnell identifies key interpretive assumptions and practices that have persisted, sometimes in modified form, since the groundbreaking work of A. L. Kroeber, Boas, Ruth Benedict, Edward Sapir, Elsie Clews Parsons, Paul Radin, Benjamin Lee Whorf, and A. Irving Hallowell during the founding decades of anthropology. Also highlighted are the Americanist roots of postmodern anthropology and the work of innovative recent scholars like Claude Lävi-Strauss and Clifford Geertz.

The Invisible Flâneuse?

The Invisible Flâneuse?
Author : Aruna D'Souza,Tom McDonough
Publisher : Manchester University Press
Release Date : 2006
Category : Art
Total pages :185
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This collection of essays revisits gender and urban modernity in nineteenth-century Paris in the wake of changes to the fabric of the city and social life. In rethinking the figure of the flâneur, the contributors apply the most current thinking in literature and urban studies to an examination of visual culture of the period, including painting, caricature, illustrated magazines, and posters. Using a variety of approaches, the collection re-examines the long-held belief that life in Paris was divided according to strict gender norms, with men free to roam in public space while women were restricted to the privacy of the domestic sphere.

New Essays on Invisible Man

New Essays on Invisible Man
Author : Robert G. O'Meally
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release Date : 1988-03-25
Category : Literary Criticism
Total pages :190
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A collection of essays on Ralph Ellison's novel, Invisible Man.

Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man: A Reference Guide

Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man: A Reference Guide
Author : Michael D. Hill,Lena M. Hill
Publisher : ABC-CLIO
Release Date : 2008-01-30
Category : Literary Criticism
Total pages :208
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Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man is one of the most widely read works of African American literature. This book gives students a thorough yet concise introduction to the novel. Included are chapters on the creation of the novel, its plot, its historical and social contexts, the themes and issues it addresses, Ellison's literary style, and the critical reception of the work. Students will welcome this book as a guide to the novel and the concerns it raises. The volume offers a detailed summary of the plot of Invisible Man as well as a discussion of its origin. It additionally considers the social, historical, and political contexts informing Ellison's work, along with the themes and issues Ellison addresses. It explores Ellison's literary art and surveys the novel's critical reception. Students will value this book for what it says about Invisible Man as well as for its illumination of enduring social concerns.

Invisible Storytellers

Invisible Storytellers
Author : Sarah Kozloff
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Release Date : 1989-11-03
Category : Performing Arts
Total pages :180
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"Let me tell you a story," each film seems to offer silently as its opening frames hit the screen. But sometimes the film finds a voice—an off-screen narrator—for all or part of the story. From Wuthering Heights and Double Indemnity to Annie Hall and Platoon, voice-over narration has been an integral part of American movies. Through examples from films such as How Green Was My Valley, All About Eve, The Naked City, and Barry Lyndon, Sarah Kozloff examines and analyzes voice-over narration. She refutes the assumptions that words should only play a minimal role in film, that "showing" is superior to "telling," or that the technique is inescapably authoritarian (the "voice of god"). She questions the common conception that voice-over is a literary technique by tracing its origins in the silent era and by highlighting the influence of radio, documentaries, and television. She explores how first-person or third-person narration really affects a film, in terms of genre conventions, viewer identification, time and nostalgia, subjectivity, and reliability. In conclusion she argues that voice-over increases film's potential for intimacy and sophisticated irony.

Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man
Author : John F. Callahan
Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
Release Date : 2004
Category : Literary Criticism
Total pages :352
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The books that comprise the 'Casebooks in Criticism' series offer edited in-depth readings and critical notes and studies on the most important classic novels. This volume explores Ellison's 'Invisible Man'.

When Invisible Children Sing

When Invisible Children Sing
Author : Chi-Cheng Huang,Irwin A. Tang
Publisher : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Release Date : 2006
Category : Religion
Total pages :296
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Expecting to treat some mildly ill children from the streets of Bolivia on a quick “service trip,” an idealistic young medical student gets more than he bargained for when he takes a year off from Harvard Medical School to work at an orphanage in La Paz. As he comes to know the children, and sees how they live, Chi Huang is drawn deeper and deeper into their complex and desperate lives. The doctor soon realizes that to truly help these children, he will have to follow the example of Jesus: live among them, love them in spite of their brokenness, and cling to his faith in God's goodness, even when it appears it is nowhere to be found. A true story that will inspire and challenge readers to greater faith and action. The book includes a Foreword by Harvard professor and world-renowned expert on the moral and spiritual development of children, Dr. Robert Coles.

The Invisible Dragon

The Invisible Dragon
Author : Dave Hickey
Publisher : University of Chicago Press
Release Date : 2009-04-01
Category : Art
Total pages :123
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"With this revised and expanded edition, Hickey is back to fan the flames. More manifesto than polite discussion, more call to action than criticism, The Invisible Dragon aims squarely at the hyper-institutionalism that, in Hickey's view, denies the real pleasures that draw us to art in the first place. Deploying the artworks of Warhol, Raphael, Caravaggio, and Mapplethorpe and the writings of Ruskin, Shakespeare, Deleuze, and Foucault, Hickey takes on museum culture, arid academicism, sclerotic politics, and more - all in the service of making readers rethink the nature of art. A new introduction provides a context for earlier essays - what Hickey calls his "intellectual temper tantrums." A new essay, "American Beauty," concludes the volume with a historical argument that is a rousing paean to the inherently democratic nature of attention to beauty.".

Building the Invisible Quality Corporation

Building the Invisible Quality Corporation
Author : Kevin R. Maromonte
Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
Release Date : 1996
Category : Business & Economics
Total pages :207
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Shows why the next step in the evolution of Total Quality Management is to abolish TQM departments and specialized "functions" and to disperse responsibility for quality management throughout the corporation, where it rightfully belongs and can be implemented most effectively.

The Invisible Web

The Invisible Web
Author : Christopher Barnes Sherman,Freekbass (Musician),Chris Sherman,Gary Price
Publisher : Information Today, Inc.
Release Date : 2001
Category : Computers
Total pages :439
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Discusses the use of online information resources and problems caused by dynamically generated Web pages, paying special attention to information mapping, assessing the validity of information, and the future of Web searching.

Invisible Man

Invisible Man
Author : Harold Bloom
Publisher : Infobase Publishing
Release Date : 2009-01-01
Category : African American men in literature
Total pages :129
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Discusses the writing of Invisible man by Ralph Ellison. Includes critical essays on the work and a brief biography of the author.

Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man
Author : Harold Bloom
Publisher : Infobase Publishing
Release Date : 2009
Category : African American men in literature
Total pages :215
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Presents a collection of interpretations of Ralph Ellison's novel, "Invisible man."

Invisible Politics

Invisible Politics
Author : Hanes Walton
Publisher : SUNY Press
Release Date : 1985-01-01
Category : Political Science
Total pages :366
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With a view that behavioralism has distorted perceptions of black political activity, Hanes Walton, Jr., here reformulates the assumptions of behavioralism to arrive at a more realistic understanding of the political actions of black Americans. Considering the cultural and historical events that have shaped black lives, Walton examines voting patterns, socialization, and the development of political opinion. his analysis of leadership includes not only legislative and judicial leaders, but also leaders of those organizations so influential in black political culture: civil rights, churches, and grassroots organizations. Whether he looks at how local politics have changed through the years of civil rights action or how blacks' ideas on foreign policy have developed, Walton provides a long-needed reassessment of the role of black participation in American politics.