Jean Toomer, or, How the failed race man performed modernity [electronic resource] /
ABSTRACT: The thesis explores the intersections of the figure of the race man, prevailing notions of modernity and race and the life and work of intellectual and writer Jean Toomer. By tracing the racial politics and protocols embedded in the race man ideal, the paper exposes the necessity of Toomer's so-called "flight" to the metaphysical idealism of the Russian mystic Gurdjieff. It also demonstrates the ways in which this move mimics a performance of modernity for this great modernist writer and thinker. These claims are argued with particular attention to the racial binaries that have constituted much of U.S. racial politics and ideology.
School:University of Florida
School Location:USA - Florida
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:failed jean man modernity race toomer
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