AHG 510 4C: Great American Texts - Ralph Ellison

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio

Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1952) is the great American novel about race, perhaps even the great American novel. It considers and affirms the principle—that “mysterious binding force”—that holds us together as a people and that is tied to our own history. In doing so it raises all the important political questions about equality, freedom, rights and justice; the legacy of slavery and white supremacy, our “human and absurd diversity.” The novel’s deliberate attempt, in Ellison’s words, “to return to the mood of personal moral responsibility for democracy” makes perfectly clear the connection between literature and politics. The seminar will also consider a few of Ellison’s essays bearing directly on Invisible Man.



Lucas E. Morel (Washington & Lee University)


Course Materials:

Syllabus and course readings can be found on Blackboard 



  • Audit (25 in-service hours): $578
  • Graduate credit (2 semester hours): $1,156


Room & Board:

  • Double-occupancy air-conditioned room and all meals: $475

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July 14, 2019 -
July 19, 2019
12:00 AM
11:59 PM
Ashland University
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