History, Theory, Politics & Invisible Man
Against The Current vol. 155

Mills, Nathaniel
http://www.solidarity-us.org/node/3445

Publisher:  Against The Current
Date Written:  01/11/2011
Year Published:  2011  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX14104

Paul Heideman's spirited critique of my review of Barbara Foley’s Wrestling with the Left testifies to the reach of Foley’s study. That the politics of Ellison’s novel would be up for debate in a journal like Against the Current would be unthinkable without Foley’s efforts. In multiple articles going back more than a decade, and culminating in Wrestling, Foley challenges the consensus critical position that Invisible Man was made possible by Ellison’s clean break from the left, and that the novel offers an objective and accurate critique of U.S. Communism.