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Literary Primitivism$
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Ben Etherington

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781503602366

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503602366.001.0001

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The Question of Representation

The Question of Representation

(p.45) Chapter 4 The Question of Representation
Literary Primitivism

Ben Etherington

Stanford University Press

Chapter 4 reconsiders the question of primitivist representation in light of the theoretical and historical arguments presented in Chapters 1 through 3. Discussing works by Emil Nolde, D. H. Lawrence, Langston Hughes, and Jacques Roumain, it argues that primitivism has an inherent tendency to transcend any fixed notion or representation of the primitive, and that it is the work itself that must produce the sought-for primitive experience. Thus we find a vacillation between concrete representations of “primitive” remnants and an abstracted, nonspecific ideal of the primitive to come.

Keywords:   primitivism, Emil Nolde, expressionism, D. H. Lawrence, The Rainbow, Langston Hughes, The Ways of White Folk, Jacques Roumain, Negrophilia, Negrophobia

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