By M. Cooper Harriss
Ralph Ellison’s 1952 novel Invisible Man offers an unforgettable metaphor for what it potential to be left out in society. whereas the time period “invisibility” has turn into shorthand for all sorts of marginalization, Ellison used to be essentially eager about racial identity. M. Cooper Harriss argues that faith, too, continues to be fairly invisible inside of discussions of race and seeks to right this via an in depth learn of Ralph Ellison’s work.
Harriss examines the spiritual and theological dimensions of Ralph Ellison’s idea of race via his evocative metaphor for the adventure of blackness in the United States, and with a watch to uncovering formerly unrecognized spiritual dynamics in Ellison’s existence and work. mixing non secular experiences and theology, race concept, and clean readings of African-American tradition, Harriss attracts on Ellison to create the idea that of an “invisible theology,” and makes use of this idea as a foundation for discussing faith and racial identification in modern American life.
Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Theology is the 1st ebook to target Ellison as a non secular determine, and at the spiritual dynamics of his work. Harriss brings to gentle Ellison’s shut friendship with theologian and literary critic Nathan A. Scott, Jr., and areas Ellison in context with such mythical non secular figures as Reinhold and Richard Niebuhr, Paul Tillich and Martin Luther King, Jr. He argues that ancient legacies of invisible theology support us make experience of newer concerns like drone war and Clint Eastwood’s empty chair.
Rich and cutting edge, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Theology will revolutionize the best way we comprehend Ellison, the highbrow legacies of race, and the examine of religion.
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Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Theology (North American Religions) by M. Cooper Harriss