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Creative Revolt

A Study of Wright, Ellison, and Dostoevsky


Michael F. Lynch

This work analyzes the development of these three writers from early naturalism to existential freedom, with emphasis on Dostoevsky's influence on Wright and Ellison. It examines the tensions in each writer's presentation of the dialectic of the individual and community, personality and responsibility, and revolt and creative assertion.
Contents: Chapter I: Dostoevsky's Early Socialism and Reaction against Determinism - Chapter II: Wright's and Ellison's Radical Commitment and Drifting from Naturalism - Chapter III: The Debate on Self-Will: Crime and Punishment, Native Son, and The Outsider - Chapter IV: Creative Revolt and Responsibility: The Devils, The Brothers Karamazov, «The Man Who Lived Underground», and Invisible Man.