Ever wonder how sociologists might examine literary texts? An article by Dr. Randal Doane, “Ralph Ellison’s Sociological Imagination,” published in 2004, re-examines Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and his engagement with theoretical frameworks from Marx, Hegel, and Freud. Specifically, Doane interrogates Ellison’s use of concepts such as dialectics, being, and labor (Marx and Hegel), and psychic structure, Eros, and Ananke (Freud).
While literary scholars have been delving into Ellison’s acclaimed novel and unearthing critical arguments posed by the author since its publication, this particular analysis comes by way of sociology, a rare but interesting cross-disciplinary endeavor. For fans or critics of Invisible Man, this article is a thought-provoking sociological analysis of Ellison’s book. The article can be retrieved through the DePaul Library here: http://is.gd/ellison
Doane, Randal. “Ralph Ellison’s Sociological Imagination.”The Sociological Quarterly 45.1 (2004): 161-84.