Ralph Ellison (1914-1994)

A selective list of online literary criticism for African American novelist Ralph Ellison, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources

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introduction & literary criticism

Bellow, Saul. Man Underground: A review of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man by novelist Saul Bellow, Commentary June 1952.

Callahan, John F. and Christopher C. De Santis. "Some cord of kinship stronger and deeper than blood": An Interview with John F. Callahan, editor of Ralph Ellison's Juneteenth. African American Review, Winter, 2000 [first page only, jstor].

Hobson, Christopher Z. "Invisible Man and African American radicalism in World War II." African American Review, Fall 2005 [questia sub ser].

Kim, Daniel Y. "Invisible desires: Homoerotic racism and its homophobic critique in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man." Novel: A Forum on Fiction 30, 3 (Spring 1997) pp 309-28 [preview or purchase, jstor].

Mazurek, Raymond A. "Writer on the Left: Class and Race in Ellison's Early Fiction." College Literature 29, 4, Working-Class Literature (Fall, 2002), pp. 109-35 [preview or purchase, jstor].

Nadel, Alan. "Ralph Ellison and the American Canon." American Literary History 13, 2 (Summer 2001) [preview or purchase, jstor].

Neighbors, Jim. "Plunging history: naming and self-possession in Invisible Man." African American Review, 2002 [questia sub ser].

Shinn, Christopher A. "Masquerade, magic, and carnival in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man." African American Review, Summer 2002 [questia sub ser].

Wagner-Martin, Linda. "Ralph Ellison." A Teacher's Guide to Ralph Ellison, from textbook publisher Heath.

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