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Lecture 11/04/10 What is the song and question of the invisible man? - What do i do to be so black and blue? Louis Armstrong What is the subject of the song? Theme? What are some of the contents? - Blues – hurting. Difficulty and the pain experience - Dark skin means he’s treated a certain way. - How he sees himself, double consciousness o Not only being seeing by white America, pre-dominantly, yes, but being seen by his peers, creating of who he is Narrative of one man’s journey of ignorance, resistance to the self-demand of others - Finding a sense of who he is for himself - Challenge: man coming out of a basement was not radical enough for the next generation - But in 1952, the complexity that Ellision shows through invisible man shows - Move away from Richard Wright, environment shapes and defines the future - Instead, one individual can play a role. There is a role in society of invisible man can play - Possible to be more than a puppet, possible to be more than a figment of someone’s imagination Essential Themes - Invisibility/hypervisibility o Contradictions that exists o Figments of their own imagination, not seeing his true self - Sight/blindness - Dreaming and awakening Being a young black man - Richness that later people talk about Invisibility/Hypervisiblity - Stereotype: I know that, I’m familiar of that Sight and Blindness - Encountering a visionary - Pointing to other people’s blindness - He has awakenings from realizing the blindness of others or himself Dreaming and Awakening
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