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Chapter 13 - Masculinity

from Part II - Historical, Political, and Cultural Contexts

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 January 2022

Paul Devlin
Affiliation:
United States Merchant Marine Academy, New York
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Although Ralph Ellison’s work endeavors to recover a sense of agency for black men, critics have paid relatively little attention to gender per se in the work, focusing instead on the more prominent issues associated with race, such as self-definition and literary paternity, as though these categories exist independent of the discursive formations of gender that subtend them. Ellison's essays as well as his fiction provide illuminating glimpses into the role that masculinity plays in his conception of racialized agency. As in Invisible Man itself, this conception turns on symbolizing homosexuals and women as the abjected other of a properly gendered, properly agentive masculine black subject.

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Ralph Ellison in Context , pp. 147 - 156
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Masculinity
  • Edited by Paul Devlin, United States Merchant Marine Academy, New York
  • Book: Ralph Ellison in Context
  • Online publication: 14 January 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108773546.014
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  • Edited by Paul Devlin, United States Merchant Marine Academy, New York
  • Book: Ralph Ellison in Context
  • Online publication: 14 January 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108773546.014
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  • Masculinity
  • Edited by Paul Devlin, United States Merchant Marine Academy, New York
  • Book: Ralph Ellison in Context
  • Online publication: 14 January 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108773546.014
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