Representations of history in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

Název: Representations of history in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man
Zdrojový dokument: Brno studies in English. 2010, roč. 36, č. 1, s. [191]-203
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    0524-6881 (print)
    1805-0867 (online)
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Through the first person narrator, who names himself the Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison sheds light on the plurality and heterogeneity of history, exposing mechanisms accompanying the creation of the official version and recovering multiple histories of African American individuals who are excluded from this official version. The official version of history records just moods, trends and patterns rather than individual stories, resembling a "song with turgid, inadequate words" (Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man [1952] 1972: 335). Individual stories of minor actors of history, their words and deeds are unregistered by the pompous blare of trumpets, trombones and saxophones. The Invisible Man assumes the task of retrieving these suppressed voices.
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