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Call Number: Shields Reserves PS3539.O478 C3 2011 [Two Hour Loan]
Publication Date: 2011
This Second Edition begins with the editors' introduction, a major work of scholarship that places Toomer within the context of American Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. The introduction provides groundbreaking biographical information on Toomer and examines his complex, contradictory racial position as well as his own pioneering views on race.
Call Number: Shields Library PS3539.O478 Z636 2014 [Regular Loan]
Publication Date: 2014
In Jean Toomer: Race, Repression, and Revolution, Barbara Foley explores Toomer's political and intellectual connections with socialism, the New Negro movement, and the project of Young America.
Jean Toomer and the Harlem Renaissance
Call Number: Shields Library PS3539.O478 Z685 2001 [Regular Loan]
Publication Date: 2000-12-01
The present collection of essays by European and American scholars gives a fresh perspective by using sources made available only in recent years, highlighting Toomer's bold experimentations, as well as his often ambiguous responses to the questions of his time.
Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History
Call Number: Shields Library PS3539.O478 C337 1998 [Regular Loan]
Publication Date: 1998
Jean Toomer's Cane powerfully depicts the terror in the history of American race relations, a public world of lynchings, race riots, and Jim Crow, and a private world of internalized conflict over identity and race which mirrored struggles in the culture at large.
Masculinist Impulses: Toomer, Hurston, Black Writing, and Modernity
Call Number: Shields Library PS374.N4 G73 2004 [Regular Loan]
Publication Date: 2004
In Masculinist Impulses, Nathan Grant begins his analysis of African American texts by focusing on the fragmentation of values of black masculinity--free labor, self-reliance, and responsibility to family and community--as a result of slavery, postbellum disfranchisement, and the ensuing necessity to migrate from the agrarian South to the industrialized North. Through examinations of novels that deal with black male selfhood, Grant demonstrates the ways in which efforts to alleviate the most destructive aspects of racism ultimately reproduced them in the context of the industrialized city.
Split-Gut Song: Jean Toomer and the Poetics of Modernity
Call Number: Shields Library PS3539.O478 Z64 2005 [Regular Loan]
Publication Date: 2005
Ford contextualizes Toomer's poetry, letters, and essays in the literary culture of his period and, through close readings of the poems, shows how they negotiate formal experimentation (imagism, fragmentation, dialect) and traditional African American forms (slave songs, field hollers, call-and-response sermons, lyric poetry). At the heart of Toomer's work is the paradox that poetry is both the saving grace of African American culture and that poetry cannot survive modernity. This contradiction, Ford argues, structures Cane, wherein traditional lyric poetry first flourishes, then falters, then falls silent.