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Ulysses in Black; Ralph Ellison, classicism, and African American literature.

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Ulysses in Black; Ralph Ellison, classicism, and African American literature.

Rankine, Patrice D.

U. of Wisconsin Press

2006

254 pages

$44.00

Hardcover

Wisconsin studies in classics

PS153

Rankine (classics, Purdue U.) takes an entirely new, and extremely valuable, approach to the problem of Eurocentrism in his assertion that the classical tradition can be part of a self-conscious, prideful approach to African American culture, esthetics and identity. He analyzes classical themes in such African American writers as Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison and Countee Cullen. Rankine finds that the merging of a black esthetic with the classics has often been a radical addressing of concerns, including violence against blacks, racism and oppression.

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