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“A Small Man in Big Spaces”: The New Negro, the Mestizo, andJean Toomer’s Southwest

Emily Lutenski

in Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677382
eISBN:
9781452947877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677382.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter reads Jean Toomer, an American writer and an important figure of the Harlem Renaissance and modernism, in the mestizo context of Greater Mexico and places him within the Harlem milieu ... More


Vernacularizing Silence

Joshua L. Miller

in Accented America: The Cultural Politics of Multilingual Modernism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195336993
eISBN:
9780199893997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336993.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

African American modernists' works appropriated literary traditions as they sought to combat the lingering effects of postslavery in the United States, including systematic segregation, everyday ... More


New Negro Husbands

Anastasia C. Curwood

in Stormy Weather: Middle-Class African American Marriages between the Two World Wars

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834343
eISBN:
9781469603872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807868386_curwood.6
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter describes the ideal New Negro husband. After World War II, many men sought to claim the right to rule their households. The chapter examines three places where New Negro men constructed ... More


Make Them Black and Bid Them Sing: Musical Poetry, Racial Transformation, and the Harlem Renaissance

T. Austin Graham

in The Great American Songbooks: Musical Texts, Modernism, and the Value of Popular Culture

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199862115
eISBN:
9780199332748
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199862115.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter explores the notion of a sung poetics in relation to race, turning to Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, and other poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Here, twentieth-century African-American ... More


The Collected Poems of Jean Toomer

Robert B. Jones and Margot Toomer Latimer (eds)

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807842096
eISBN:
9781469616421
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9781469616414_Jones
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This volume is a collected edition of poems by Jean Toomer, the enigmatic American writer, Gurdjieffian guru, and Quaker convert who is perhaps best known for his 1923 lyrical narrative Cane. The ... More


The Aesthetic Period (1919–1921)

Robert B. Jones

in The Collected Poems of Jean Toomer

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807842096
eISBN:
9781469616421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9780807842096.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Thie part of the book includes poems which were marked by Imagism, improvisation, and experimentation. This period in Jean Toomer's work is termed the Aesthetic period. Between 1919 and 1921, Toomer ... More


The Christian Existential Period (1940–1955)

Robert B. Jones

in The Collected Poems of Jean Toomer

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807842096
eISBN:
9781469616421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9780807842096.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This part of the book includes the poetry by Toomer that derived from an espousal of Quaker religious philosophy. The poetry canon produced here constitutes a dramatization of consciousness, a ... More


The Ancestral Consciousness Period (1921–1923)

Robert B. Jones

in The Collected Poems of Jean Toomer

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807842096
eISBN:
9781469616421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9780807842096.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This part of the book includes poems characterized by forms of racial consciousness and Afro-American mysticism. Between September 1921 and December 1922, Toomer wrote the poems in Cane which are ... More


Ancestral Spirits

Josef Sorett

in Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199844937
eISBN:
9780190606640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844937.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

During the 1930s, a number of black writers plumbed the meaning of this past in the making of a black presence in modern North America. Black religious practices, as this chapter will show, remained ... More


The Objective Consciousness Period (1924–1939)

Robert B. Jones

in The Collected Poems of Jean Toomer

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807842096
eISBN:
9781469616421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9780807842096.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This part of the book contains poems defined by Gurdjieffian idealism and “being consciousness”. This period is called the Objective Consciousness Period. Toomer's Objective Consciousness poems can ... More


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