Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History

Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History

In Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History, Charles Scruggs and Lee VanDemarr examine original sources to show how the cultural wars of the 1920s influenced the shaping of Toomer's writing and subsequent efforts to escape the racial ...

Author: Charles Scruggs

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812234510

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 310

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In Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History, Charles Scruggs and Lee VanDemarr examine original sources to show how the cultural wars of the 1920s influenced the shaping of Toomer's writing and subsequent efforts to escape the racial definitions of American society.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History

Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History

Waldo Frank to Jean Toomer , undated letter ( circa July 1922 ) , Jean Toomer Papers . ... Racial Masquerade and Ethnic Assimilation in the Transition to Talking Pictures , ” Journal of American History 79 ( December 1992 ) : 1050–77 .

Author: Charles Scruggs

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781512806656

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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In Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History, Charles Scruggs and Lee VanDemarr examine original sources to show how the cultural wars of the 1920s influenced the shaping of Toomer's writing and subsequent efforts to escape the racial definitions of American society.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Reading Jean Toomer s Cane

Reading Jean Toomer s  Cane

A much more socially and historically grounded study is Charles Scruggs and Lee Vandemarr's Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History (1998), which concentrates on Cane and the early work and the thinking that provided the ...

Author: Gerry Carlin

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781847603340

Category: Fiction

Page: 124

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Jean Toomer's Cane (1923) is regarded by many as a seminal work in the history of African American writing. It is generally called a novel, but it could more accurately be described as a collection of short stories, poems and dramatic pieces whose stylistic indeterminacy is part of its unique appeal. The ambiguities and seeming oddities of Toomer's text make Cane a difficult work to understand, which is why this lucid, accessible guide is so valuable. Exploring some of the difficulties that both the writer and his work embody, Gerry Carlin offers an enthralling account of Toomer's eloquent and exquisite expression of the African American experience. The Author Dr Gerry Carlin is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Wolverhampton. He teaches, researches and has published in the areas of modernism, critical theory, and the literature and culture of the 1960s.
Categories: Fiction

The Letters of Jean Toomer 1919 1924

The Letters of Jean Toomer  1919 1924

Toomer to Munson , October 8 , 1922. See letter 62 , this volume . 39. Scruggs and Demarr , Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History , 4 . 40. Toomer to Wright , August 4 , 1922. See letter 45 , this volume . 41.

Author: Jean Toomer

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 1572334703

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 249

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"Mark Whalen's compilation offers a vital document for understanding the contexts, intellectual debates, and tensions undergirding Toomer's work, including his simultaneous feelings of attraction to and estrangement from rural southern life, the influence of technology on race and urban existence in America and the contradictory pulls of folk culture and modernist experimentation. The collection also charts the motives underlying Toomer's abandonment of the style that distinguished Cane, and his growing fascination with the teachings of the mystic G. I. Gurdjieff in 1924."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: Literary Collections

African American History Day by Day A Reference Guide to Events

African American History Day by Day  A Reference Guide to Events

Anherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1993. Looks at Toomer's philosophical and psychological underpinnings, and how these affected his work. Scruggs, Charles and Lee VanDemarr. Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History.

Author: Karen Juanita Carrillo

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598843613

Category: Social Science

Page: 420

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The proof of any group's importance to history is in the detail, a fact made plain by this informative book's day-by-day documentation of the impact of African Americans on life in the United States. • More than 365 chronologically arranged entries featuring events and information about African Americans • An introduction that overviews the importance of African American history in a day-by-day approach • A preface that explains the scope, methodology, and rationale for coverage • Primary source excerpts for some events and two vetted books and websites for all events
Categories: Social Science

Teaching Jean Toomer s 1923 Cane

Teaching Jean Toomer s 1923 Cane

Black American Literature Forum 14.3 ( 1980 ) : 91-99 . “ Jean Toomer's Fugitive . ” American Literature : A Journal of Literary History , Criticism , and Bibliography . 67.1 : 84-96 . · Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History .

Author: Chezia Thompson-Cager

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 0820424927

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 156

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Cane one of the major works of the Harlem Renaissance and Jean Toomer's imagist masterpiece, is now a part of the canon in Afro-American literature. Teaching Jean Toomer's 1923 Cane is a unique literary tool that explores the brilliance and far-sighted vision of Toomer, allowing Cane to be taught holistically as a discovery process, using the blues motif and the poetic essay. This book's text and figures ground a discussion of Cane's enigmatic and figurative language, connecting the Harlem Renaissance to the Negritude Movement and to later Afro-centric literary movements. This book also reviews P.B.S. Pinchback's legacy as a non-Negro, able to pass easily in white society, the influence of Ouspensky, H. L Mencken's critical work, The Paris Brotherhood, and «Saccaharum officinarum-G.» Like the lunar arcs dividing Cane, the book works as an instructional map. The pictures from the first complete production also tell a remarkable story.
Categories: Literary Collections

The Cambridge Companion to the Harlem Renaissance

The Cambridge Companion to the Harlem Renaissance

Jean Toomer , The Wayward and the Seeking : A Collection of Writings by Jean Toomer , ed . ... See Charles Scruggs and Lee VanDemarr , Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History ( Philadelphia : Pennsylvania University Press ...

Author: George Hutchinson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521673682

Category: History

Page: 272

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The most comprehensive guide on the market to the key authors and works of the African American literary movement.
Categories: History

Racial Discourse and Cosmopolitanism in Twentieth Century African American Writing

Racial Discourse and Cosmopolitanism in Twentieth Century African American Writing

Lynching by Hughes, Du Bois, and Toomer,” African American Review 38:3 (Fall 2004): 451–65; and Susan Edmunds, ... Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History (Philadelphia: University of Pennsyl- vania Press, 1998).

Author: Tania Friedel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135893293

Category: History

Page: 214

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This book engages cosmopolitanism—a critical mode which moves beyond cultural pluralism by simultaneously privileging difference and commonality—in order to examine its particular deployment in the work of several African American writers. Deeply influenced and inspired by W. E. B. Du Bois, the writers closely examined in this study—Jean Toomer, Jessie Fauset, Langston Hughes and Albert Murray—have advanced cosmopolitanism to meet its own theoretical principals in the contested arena of racial discourse while remaining integral figures in a larger tradition of cosmopolitan thought. Rather than become mired in fixed categorical distinctions, their cosmopolitan perspective values the pluralist belief in the distinctiveness of different cultural groups while allowing for the possibility of inter-ethnic subjectivities, intercultural affiliations and change in any given mode of identification. This study advances cosmopolitanism as a useful model for like-minded critics and intellectuals today who struggle with contemporary debates regarding multiculturalism and universalism in a rapidly, yet unevenly, globalizing world.
Categories: History

Grasmere 2013 Selected Papers from the Wordsworth Summer Conference

Grasmere 2013  Selected Papers from the Wordsworth Summer Conference

A much more socially and historically grounded study is Charles Scruggs and Lee Vandemarr's Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History (1998), which concentrates on Cane and the early work and the thinking that provided the ...

Author: Richard Gravil

Publisher: Humanities-Ebooks

ISBN: 9781847603302

Category: Poetry

Page: 122

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This selection of presentations from the Wordsworth Summer Conference opens with Heidi Thomson's fresh new approach to Wordsworth's 'Salisbury Plain' narrative, and closes with Deirdre Coleman investigating the Keats Circle's interest in Indian culture and mythology. Christopher Simons offers an extended treatment of 'Ecclesiastical Sketches' in the context of Wordsworth's career. In other Wordsworth papers, Peter Larkin writes on Wordsworth in the City, Tom Clucas on Wordsworth and Petrarch, Daniel Robinson on an editorial crux in the early 'Prelude', Rowan Boyson on Wordsworth's 'anosmia', Simon Swift on Wordsworth and Charles le Brun, and Richard Gravil on 'sacred sites' in the poetry, from the Chartreuse to Long Meg. Kimiyo Ogawa writes on Godwin, Hazlittt and disinterestedness; Alexandras Paterson on Shelley and Atmospheric Science, and Richard Lansdown on James Montgomery's electrifying poem,' Pelican Island'.
Categories: Poetry

Writing African American Women

Writing African American Women

McKay, Nellie Y. Jean Toomer, Artist: A Study of His Literary Life and Work, 1894–1936. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984. Scruggs, Charles, and Lee Vandemarr. Jean Toomer and the Terrors of American History.

Author: Elizabeth Ann Beaulieu

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313024627

Category: African American women in literature

Page: 991

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Categories: African American women in literature