Everything you need to understand or teach Shadow and Act by Ralph Ellison.
In his introduction to Shadow and Act (1964), Ralph Ellison describes the essays to come as "an attempt to transform some of the themes, the problems, the enigmas, the contradictions of character and culture native to my predicament, into what Andre Malraux has described as 'conscious thought."'
This collection consists of essays written over two decades, spanning Ellison's growth as a literary and social critic, his rise to recognition as a serious fiction writer, and his establishment as a thinker and teacher. The essays are divided thematically into three sections; as the author summarizes, they are "concerned with literature and folklore, with Negro musical expressionespecially jazz and the bluesand with the complex relationship between the Negro subculture and North America as a whole."
The bulk of the collection consists of the first section, "The Seer and the Seen," in which Ellison uses interviews and essays to address...
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