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Department
Environmental Studies
Course
ES295
Professor
David Morris
Semester
Winter

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EN218 January 25 , 2013 Lecture 9 (Missed 8) Invisible Man – cont’d - Individual self-fashioning o Central cultural preoccupation o Democratic participation is a moral responsibility (Emerson) o Uniqueness without a. losing sight of heritage (the Brotherhood) and/or b. becoming consumed by heritage (Ras the Exhorter) o Must look at race and also what is in himself that transcends race (can’t lose sight of heritage, but also must look inside himself to see what he is made up of) o American democracy (principles are sound and solid and he believes in them)  Must be extended practically, not just theoretically, to African Americans as well o Key to self-fashioning is done through art (i.e. blues)  Overcoming hardship, facing trauma, forging identity o Ambivalence about what black is o Blues/folk figures  Trueblood – narrator not a fan of Trueblood, because he in reminded of his heritage. Embodies stereotypes of African Americans (simple, primitive). Argued that he is an “existential hero” (pg 66). Defines himself despite others’ opinions. Makes sense of incestuous relation with daughter, but does not ignore it or pretend it didn’t happen.  Vet – narrator rejects Vet who gives some of same advice of Trueblood  Norton – turns to him after Vet  Barbee – identifies most with  Peter Wheetstraw – form = content. Narrator does not understand content of what people say to him, does not understand the way people speak, does not understand the
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