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All the Dead Generations: Jean Toomer’s Dark Sister

Barbara Foley

in Jean Toomer: Race, Repression, and Revolution

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038440
eISBN:
9780252096327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038440.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter illustrates how Toomer appears to have gleaned about his family's history while he was conceiving and creating Cane. This material features the fabulous fortune gained and lost by his ... More


“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


Touching Naked Reality: Socialism, the Labor Movement, and the Embers of Revolution

Barbara Foley

in Jean Toomer: Race, Repression, and Revolution

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038440
eISBN:
9780252096327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038440.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines how Toomer's interest in class-conscious radical politics was at best transitory and immature. Drawing on his early left-wing journalism, correspondence, handwritten 1936 ... More


The Tight Cocoon: Class, Culture, and the New Negro

Barbara Foley

in Jean Toomer: Race, Repression, and Revolution

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038440
eISBN:
9780252096327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038440.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter looks at how Toomer was more intimately involved with the New Negro Movement than he was able to acknowledge in his early 1920s correspondence with white modernists. Toomer was ... More


The Experiment in America: Sectional Art and Literary Nationalism

Barbara Foley

in Jean Toomer: Race, Repression, and Revolution

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038440
eISBN:
9780252096327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038440.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter analyzes Toomer's relationship with the early 1920s modernists dubbing themselves “Young America”—particularly with novelist Waldo Frank, whose influential Our America (1919) advocated a ... More


In the Land of Cotton: “Kabnis”

Barbara Foley

in Jean Toomer: Race, Repression, and Revolution

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038440
eISBN:
9780252096327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038440.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter focuses on “Kabnis,” which generally supplies the terminus, not the beginning, of most critical analyses of Cane. Composed in rough draft before Toomer left Middle Georgia in November ... More


Georgia on His Mind: Part 1 of

Barbara Foley

in Jean Toomer: Race, Repression, and Revolution

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038440
eISBN:
9780252096327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038440.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter analyzes how many of the texts in part 1 of Cane display Toomer's continuing attempt to incorporate Sempter/Sparta into the program for sectional art that had failed to achieve effective ... 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


Black and Brown Worlds Heaving Upward: Part 2 of

Barbara Foley

in Jean Toomer: Race, Repression, and Revolution

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038440
eISBN:
9780252096327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038440.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter demonstrates how Toomer's critique of capitalist modernity comes to the fore in part 2 of Cane. Situated mostly in the nation's capital, the stories and poems here call into question the ... More


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