Northeast Modern Language Association 2023 Panel: "Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man in the 21st Century"
Praised by generations of writers and thinkers, Ralph Ellison’s canonical novel Invisible Man remains deeply relevant. As we approach the thirtieth anniversary of Ellison’s passing, this panel will assess how Ellison’s landmark novel continues to be discussed, represented, and taught in the 21st Century.
How has Invisible Man taken on new meanings in the age of post-Obama, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, COVID-19, and ongoing climate change?
What influence has Ellison’s work had on later generations of writers?
How do we situate Ellison’s opus in his corpus and/or the canon of American letters?