Houston, TX 77005
12:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013
On Campus | Alumni
Professor Foley will describe the process of researching and writing her recent book, Wrestling with the Left: The Making of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. Drawing upon her examination of the thousands of pages of drafts and notes of Ellison's novel, she will demonstrate how a text that was originally proletarian in orientation and sympathetic to the left was converted into a cold war classic. Overlaid upon this narrative of Ellison's changing political and artistic goals will be Foley’s narrative of her own encounter with—and estimate of—the novel over several decades, from her days as a graduate student involved in the New Left to the present.