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Cane

Jean Toomer

First published in 1923, Jean Toomer’s Cane is an innovative literary work powerfully evoking black life in the South. Rich in imagery, Toomer’s impressionistic, sometimes surrealistic sketches of Southern rural and urban life are permeated by visions of smoke, sugarcane, dusk, and fire; the northern world is pictured as a harsher reality of asphalt streets. This iconic work of American literature is published with a new afterword by Rudolph Byrd of Emory University and Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University, who provide groundbreaking biographical information on Toomer, place his writing within the context of American modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, and examine his shifting claims about his own race and his pioneering critique of race as a scientific or biological concept.

First published in 1923, Jean Toomer’s Cane is an innovative literary work powerfully evoking black life in the South. Rich in imagery, Toomer’s impressionistic, sometimes surrealistic sketches of Southern rural and urban life are permeated by visions of smoke, sugarcane, dusk, and fire; the northern world is pictured as a harsher reality of asphalt streets. This iconic work of American literature is published with a new afterword by Rudolph Byrd of Emory University and Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University, who provide groundbreaking biographical information on Toomer, place his writing within the context of American modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, and examine his shifting claims about his own race and his pioneering critique of race as a scientific or biological concept.
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First published in 1923, Jean Toomer’s Cane is an innovative literary work powerfully evoking black life in the South. Rich in imagery, Toomer’s impressionistic, sometimes surrealistic sketches of Southern rural and urban life are permeated by visions of smoke, sugarcane, dusk, and fire; the northern world is pictured as a harsher reality of asphalt streets. This iconic work of American literature is published with a new afterword by Rudolph Byrd of Emory University and Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University, who provide groundbreaking biographical information on Toomer, place his writing within the context of American modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, and examine his shifting claims about his own race and his pioneering critique of race as a scientific or biological concept.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sean Crisden

Length:

6h 50m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:29


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:41


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

00:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:52


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:55


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

00:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

00:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

00:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

00:29


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

21:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

15:15


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

00:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:19


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

00:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

34:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

24:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

01:44:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:06:44


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:11