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Teju Cole and Ralph Ellison’s Aesthetics of Invisibility

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DateAccepted/In press - 11 Jul 2017
DatePublished (current) - 5 Dec 2017
Issue number4
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)103-119
Original languageEnglish


Considering “invisibility” as both subject matter and aestheticizing mode of experience, this essay uses the case studies of two American novels—Teju Cole’s Open City and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man—to explore how a culturally specific, racially charged subject is mapped outward to occupy a broader aesthetic realm.

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  • Teju Cole, Ralph Ellison, jazz and literature, race, African American fiction, photography and literature, aesthetics

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