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Unformatted text preview: In sum, I think this draft lays good groundwork for an essay. It has helped you to get a good handle on your argument sources and to begin to develop your own ideas. But to make this paper clearly motived, and to make it more of an argument than a set of summaries, I think you need to approach it from a fresh angle and do some major restructuring. I suggest you start by creating a claim-evidence outline of the body and that you them look for places to work D and F and any other research sources into your discussion. If possible, let’s meet to look over an outline of that sort, and of course, if you have any questions about these comments, let’s meet to discuss those, too. Sincerely, Jason 64 Artifact 2 – Paper 3 Outline Linda Jung WR150 A1 April 17, 2013 1. Introduction a. CRITICAL BACKGROUND : Charles T. Davis and Barbara Foley present two different analyses to the question of race and what matters when discussing it in Cane. In Davis’s essay “Jean Toomer and the South: Region and Race as Elements within a Literary Imagination”, he discusses the how geographic location ultimately affected the way Cane was written and later interpreted. More precisely, Toomer’s experience in the South had a large influence on the development of Cane and the portrayal of the African American race. Barbara Foley takes quite a different stance in this debate. In her essay “Jean Toomer’s Washington and the Politics of Class: From ‘Blue Veins’ to Seventh-Street Rebels”, she argues that the key point missing from many people’s discussion of the novel is class. She goes into depth describing Toomer’s socioeconomic background through his childhood to the time that Toomer wrote Cane . Foley uses this background to propel her argument that class matters when analyzing the text and its racial implications. b. PROBLEM CONDITION : Although both of these scholars provide valid arguments, they fail to look at the big picture. They offer arguments that place Toomer and Cane under a racial category when that was really the opposite of what he originally wanted. Toomer intended to keep his racial identity hidden throughout Cane . c. THESIS : However, it is difficult to analyze the extent to which Toomer’s intentions hold true and it cannot be assumed that his influences geared him to produce African American literature. The text of Cane hints a racial identity that is ambiguous and ultimately difficult to judge. 2. Body: a. CLAIM: The region in which Toomer lived had the greatest influence on his writing of Cane . a.i. Claim : Toomer’s brief experience in the South had a profound influence on him. a.i.1. Evidence : “The discovery of the physical characteristics of the region was only a part of Toomer’s total response…the artist was moved by the spirituals sung by the blacks in Georgia. He was touched…. by the folk- spirit” (Davis 251)....
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