Date of Award
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences
Christopher Teuton, Ph.D.
Essentialism, Exploitation, Identity, Toomer, Van Vechten
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.
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Shaw, Phil, "Jean Toomer and Carl Van Vechten: Identity, Exploitation, and the Harlem Renaissance" (2009). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 593.