Biography and the political unconscious: Ellison, Toomer, Jameson, and the politics of symptomatic reading

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Abstract

As demonstrated by the workings of the political unconscious in Jean Toomer's Cane and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, investigation of authorial biography is an indispensable component of Marxist literary criticism. Symptomatic reading, while derogated by the advocates of "surface reading," remains crucial to textual interpretation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-671
Number of pages23
JournalBiography - An Interdisciplinary Quarterly
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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