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Jean Toomer: Race, Repression, and Revolution

Barbara Foley


The 1923 publication of Cane established Jean Toomer as a modernist master and one of the key literary figures of the emerging Harlem Renaissance. Though critics and biographers alike have praised his artistic experimentation and unflinching eyewitness portraits of Jim Crow violence, few seem to recognize how much Toomer's interest in class struggle, catalyzed by the Russian Revolution and the post-World War I radical upsurge, situate his masterwork in its immediate historical context. This book explores Toomer's political and intellectual connections with socialism, the New Negro movement, an ... More

Keywords: Jean Toomer, Cane, Harlem Renaissance, Jim Crow violence, class struggle, socialism, New Negro movement, Young America, political repression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038440
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038440.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Foley, author
Rutgers University