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Critical Essay by Susan L. Blake

SOURCE: "Ritual and Rationalization: Black Folklore in the Works of Ralph Ellison," in PMLA, Vol. 94, No. 1, January, 1979, pp. 121-36.

In the following essay, Blake illustrates how Ellison's use of black folklore aids him in "bridg[ing the gap between the uniqueness and the universality of black experience."]

The predominant theme in the works of Ralph Ellison is the quest for cultural identity. Although he does not realize this himself, the protagonist of Invisible Man seeks identity, not as an individual, but as a black man in a white society. He encounters and combats the problem Ellison identified in an interview with three young black writers in 1965: "Our lives, since slavery, have been described mainly in terms of our political, economic, and social conditions as measured by outside norms, seldom in terms of our own sense...

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