Teju Cole and Ralph Ellison’s aesthetics of invisibility

Sam V H Reese, Alexandra Kingston-Reese

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Considering ‘invisibility’ as both subject matter and aestheticizing mode of experience, this essay uses the case studies of two American novels - Teju Cole’s Open City (2011) and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1952) - to explore how a culturally specific, racially charged, subject is mapped outwards to occupy a broader aesthetic realm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103
Number of pages119
JournalMosaic: an Interdisciplinary Critical Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • Aesthetics
  • literature and music
  • literature and photography
  • African American Literature


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