Date of Award

1-1-2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

English

First Advisor

Christopher Teuton

Keywords

Essentialism, Exploitation, Identity, Toomer, Van Vechten

Abstract

Jean Toomer's Cane is considered one of the literary achievements of the Harlem Renaissance, though the many of his philosophical ideas which inspired it are dismissed. Inversely, Carl Van Vechten's influence as an advocate and patron of African American art is foundational though his Nigger Heaven is dismissed. However, there are commonalities in each authors identity positioning and subsequent exploitation of the black Harlem Renaissance ethos. Further, their utilization of Gurdjieffian principles of objectivity and primitivist images of blacks links and explains, in part, how their identities contributed to the ideas expressed in the novels.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Phil Shaw

File size

79 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

American literature

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