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    Cane - Jean Toomer; Rudolph P. Byrd (Editor); Henry Louis Gates (Editor)
    Call Number: Shields Reserves PS3539.O478 C3 2011 [Two Hour Loan]
    ISBN: 0393931684
    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.

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    Jean Toomer - Barbara Foley
    Call Number: Shields Library PS3539.O478 Z636 2014 [Regular Loan]
    ISBN: 0252038444
    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.

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    Jean Toomer and the Harlem Renaissance - Genevieve Fabre (Editor); Michel Feith (Editor)
    Call Number: Shields Library PS3539.O478 Z685 2001 [Regular Loan]
    ISBN: 0813528461
    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.

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    Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History - Charles Scruggs; Lee VanDemarr
    Call Number: Shields Library PS3539.O478 C337 1998 [Regular Loan]
    ISBN: 0812234510
    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.

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    Masculinist Impulses: Toomer, Hurston, Black Writing, and Modernity - Nathan Grant
    Call Number: Shields Library PS374.N4 G73 2004 [Regular Loan]
    ISBN: 0826215165
    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.

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    Split-Gut Song: Jean Toomer and the Poetics of Modernity - Karen Jackson Ford
    Call Number: Shields Library PS3539.O478 Z64 2005 [Regular Loan]
    ISBN: 0817314563
    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.

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