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Umkämpfte Zugehörigkeit

Ralph Ellison und das Recht des Künstlers, seine Vorfahren zu wählen

Back to issue: Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie 2021/2: Belonging/ Zugehörigkeit
DOI: 10.28937/9783787341061_8
EUR 16.90

»[W]hile one can do nothing about choosing one’s relatives, one can, as artist, choose one’s ›ancestors‹.« These words lead to the heart of a dispute between Ralph Ellison and the Dissent editor Irving Howe in the early sixties which had an impact far beyond literary criticism and scholarship. From this well documented controversy we can learn something about both the power of attributions of belonging and the art of evading them.