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Split-gut song : Jean Toomer and the poetics of modernity

Author: Karen Jackson Ford
Publisher: Tuscaloosa, Ala. : University of Alabama Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Karen Jackson Ford contextualizes Jean Toomer's poetry, letters, and essays in the literary culture of his period and, through close readings of the poems, shows how they negotiate formal experimentation (imagism, fragmentation, dialect) and traditional African American forms (slave songs, field hollers, call-and-response sermons, lyric poetry). At the heart of Toomer's work is the paradox that poetry is both the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Ford, Karen Jackson.
Split-gut song.
Tuscaloosa, Ala. : University of Alabama Press, c2005
(OCoLC)607664881
Named Person: Jean Toomer; Jean Toomer; Jean Toomer
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Jackson Ford
ISBN: 0817314563 9780817314569
OCLC Number: 56614232
Description: x, 205 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The scratching choruses of modernity --
An everlasting song : Cane, part 1 --
Discordant snatches of song : Cane, part 2 --
Misshapen, split-gut, tortured, twisted words : Cane, part 3 --
Late minstrel of the restless earth : poet and poetry after Cane.
Responsibility: Karen Jackson Ford.
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Karen Jackson Ford looks at what it means to be African American, free, and creative by analyzing Jean Toomer's main body of work, specifically, "Cane", first published in 1923. Ford discovers a  Read more...

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"A major intervention in the critical reception of Jean Toomer's classic work of African American modernism.... Ford's evolving thesis considers the tension in Cane between, on the one hand, poetry, Read more...

 
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