Entries from October 2017

Monday, October 30th, 2017

The Hybridity of Cane

I don’t think that Cane can be defined by one specific genre, but rather a hybrid of many well known genres. To me, this means that Cane is a complex literary piece which forces the reader to not only analyze the text, but the form as well. Cane creates a discomfort for the reader by […]

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

What is Cane?

It is without a doubt that Cane takes on a multitude of genres and writing styles. Its genre can range from dramatic romance, to action, and to sometimes a thriller. Every piece in this book, rather it is a story, anecdote, or poem, can stand firmly by itself and it doesn’t need to be in […]

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Defining Cane

Cane is an epic novel of hybridized contradictions: a mix of magical realism and stripped down prose, a mix of prose and poetry, realistic, impressionistic, and surreal, modern (as in modernist) while using the recognizable forms of poetry and prose/vignettes, a story about being rooted in one place and migration, a story that immortalizes a […]

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Defining Cane

Jane Toomer’s book “Cane” is a piece of literature that is unique to any I’ve read before. When asked, I would describe Cane as a collection of pieces that (so far) depict experiences of black people living in the south. These pieces take the form of writing prose and poetry, but sometimes the writing prose […]

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

What is Cane?

Cane has a developing plot, expressed through various characters that don’t interact and through modernist poems. The motifs incorporated bind the different characters’ stories together, making this book more connected and complete than a series of short stories or a collection of poems. Initially, the progression of “Karintha” is confusing without a clear timeline of […]

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Cane seems Punk

The first 50 pages of Cane by Jean Toomer are composed of a series of vignettes revolving around the stories of African-Americans, specifically women, in/from the South. These vignettes are composed in various forms: poetry, prose, a combination of poetry and (within) prose. The poetry, both in individual parts and within the short narratives, does give enough […]

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Consequences of Categorizing CANE

Where does genre exist in relation to a text? As external social discourse, or as internal textual discourse? Does a text create its genre, or do we? Différance creates genre, and so placing Cane alongside many other books demands that it be considered . . . not a novel? Not entirely a short story collection? Not entirely a […]

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

What is Cane?

Narrowing down the genre of Jean Toomer’s Cane is difficult because the story lacks an explicitly defined style of writing. The basic genres it best resembles are that of drama and tragedy. However, the characters’ struggles are more realistic than drama and tragedy genres in general, so the best description is the cross-genre of dramatic […]

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

What is CANE?

After reading the first 49 pages of Jean Toomer’s book, “CANE,” the foremost question that comes to mind is what does the word CANE represent? Is CANE merely a title for a compilation of poems, stories, and songs? Or is CANE indicative of the sugar cane that millions of slaves labored over in the southern […]

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Using People and Place To Classify Jean Toomer’s Cane.

  A fusion of fiction, poetry, prose, and social commentary, Jean Toomer’s Cane offers insight into the experiences of blacks living in the South during the 1920s by offering readers a series of vignettes that each tackle a unique component or perspective of rural and urban life in Georgia. While, at first, the book’s frequent […]