A joint project of the Graduate School, Peabody College, and the Jean & Alexander Heard Library

Title page for ETD etd-11212016-095153

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Taylor, Terrell Anderson
Author's Email Address terrell.a.taylor@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-11212016-095153
Title Ellison's Resistance: The Place for Underground Praxis in the Black Radical Constellation
Degree Master of Arts
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hortense Spillers Committee Chair
Vera Kutzinski Committee Member
  • Aesthetics
  • Black Radical Tradition
  • Politics
  • Black Studies
  • African American Literature
  • Ralph Ellison
Date of Defense 2016-11-04
Availability unrestricted
In this intervention, I evaluate the literary work of Ralph Ellison with respect to other black writers of his time to explore the precise-rather than perceived-differences and similarities between his aesthetic and political perspective and others that have been accepted into a loosely defined canon of the black radical tradition. By comparing Ellison's thought against that of James Baldwin and Frantz Fanon, I demonstrate the tactical insight of Ellison's thought, as well as the convergences between Fanon (as an accepted black radical thinker) and Ellison. It is important to remember that Black Skin, White Masks and Invisible Man were both published in the same year, 1952. While Fanon and Ellison do not explicitly acknowledge each other, both are responding to similar pressures on black politics, aesthetics, and culture. A comparison of these two thinkers, Fanon and Ellison, reveals a hidden dimension of black radical praxis that has been dismissed as non-avant-garde.
  Filename       Size       Approximate Download Time (Hours:Minutes:Seconds) 
 28.8 Modem   56K Modem   ISDN (64 Kb)   ISDN (128 Kb)   Higher-speed Access 
  Terrell_Taylor_MA_Thesis.pdf 376.88 Kb 00:01:44 00:00:53 00:00:47 00:00:23 00:00:02

Browse All Available ETDs by ( Author | Department )

If you have more questions or technical problems, please Contact LITS.