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AMST 651 01 (22112) /ENGL951/AMST420/AFAM563/ENGL445/AFAM437
Ralph Ellison in Context
Robert Stepto
M 1.30-3.20 WALL81 201
Spring 2016 
 
This seminar pursues close readings of Ralph Ellison's essays, short fiction, and novels. The "in context" component of the seminar involves working from the Benston and Sundquist volumes on Ellison to discern a portrait of the modernist African America Ellison investigated, with at least Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Romare Bearden also in view. Texts include Ellison's Collected Essays, Flying Home and Other Stories, Invisible Man, and Juneteenth; K. Benston, Speaking for You; E. Sundquist, Cultural Contexts for Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man; and A. Nadel, Invisible Criticism: Ralph Ellison and the American Canon.