In this podcast we look at how the contemporary and/or traditional music selections in our playlist help develop a collective understanding of Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man as a call for activism. Our podcast discusses key themes like segregation and solidarity, invisibility as empowerment, and a focus on sound that joins our music selections with the “lower frequencies” that Ellison describes in his text. Additionally, we look how Ellison’s novel still remains relevant to social issues involving police violence and movements like Black Lives Matter.

Contributors to this podcast are Katharine Hope, Emma Cherry, Emma Paterson, Alana Kearney and Zachary Chisamore of ENGL 471 at Queen’s University.

Songs included in this podcast are:

Otis Redding-“Dock of the Bay”; Gavin DeGraw-“In Don’t Want to Be”; James & Bobby Purify-“I’m Your Puppet”; The Undisputed Truth-“Smiling Faces Sometimes”; Harry Dixon Loes & Moses Hogan-“This Little Light of Mine”; The Beatles-“Nowhere Man”; Jean-Michel Blais-“Hasselblad 4 Improvisation”; The Smiths-“How Soon Is Now?”; Skip James-“Hard Time Killing Floor Blues”; Kaia Kater-“Rising Down”