Claude McKay, Code Name Sasha
Queer Black Marxism and the Harlem Renaissance
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: University Press of Florida
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotes
Preface and Acknowledgments
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Claude McKay, Code Name Sasha: Queer Black Marxism and the Harlem Renaissance is intended to be useful to those working in a range of critical studies. As McKay is among the foremost New Negro movement authors, this work should interest those who study and read African American literature, and not only the writers of the...
Introduction: Manifesting Claude McKay
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In view of the mounting wave of scholarship concerning the Harlem Renaissance author, Festus Claudius McKay (1889â€“1948) is at last in vogue.1 Even in his glory days McKay was something of a marginalized figure among various constituencies. During the 1920s, McKay saw himself as the wandering bard of a...
1. Code Name Sasha, â€śMy Real Nameâ€ť
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The following investigation places Claude McKayâ€™s first and unquestionably most important memoir, A Long Way from Home (1937), next to his FBI file in order to demonstrate that in certain respects the once classified dossier is a more dependable portrayal of his years in Europe and North Africa than his...
2. The â€śDistilled Poetryâ€ť of Queer Black Marxism in A Long Way from Home
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It is noteworthy that in A Long Way from Home (1937), Russiaâ€™s sensational â€śByzantineâ€ť effect on McKay is simultaneously â€śOrientalâ€ť (159). Throughout the text, the memoirist weaves a web of narratives and observations that generate linguistic and epistemological confrontations between native and foreign, state...
3. â€śDark Desire All Over the Pagesâ€ť: Race, Nation, and Sex in Home to Harlem
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Although several valuable readings of McKayâ€™s first novel have appeared over the past ten years or so, it is my view that because nothing has been said about Home to Harlemâ€™s assemblage of queer black Marxism, no criticism on the novel has met the textâ€™s merging of multiple subjectivity and therefore radical...
4. The â€śRude Anarchyâ€ť of â€śBlack Boysâ€ť in Banjo
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In 1929, the same year that Alexander â€śSashaâ€ť Berkman spelled out the ABC of Anarchism, Claude McKay published his second primer of transnational black queer permanent revolution, Banjo: A Story without a Plot. My interest is in expanding the critical discussion of McKayâ€™s second novel beyond its importance...
5. â€śSwaying to the Music of the Moonâ€ť: Black-White Queer Solidarity in Romance in Marseille
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The aim of this final chapter is to tease Romance in Marseille (c. 1929â€“32) from its archival vault in order to discover the novelâ€™s role as the crucial third text in McKayâ€™s queer black Marxist trilogy. McKayâ€™s merging of black proletarian being and revolutionary black queer becoming make Romance in Marseille a vital...
Conclusion: Some Remarks on the Critical Implications of Queer Black Marxism
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In my introduction, I said that one of my aims is to open McKayâ€™s critical closet door for a more expansive discussion than has been possible until now. For this conclusion, I would like to offer a few comments on the future of McKay studies as well as black literary studies, radical leftist historicism, and queer cultural studies and to map out the...
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About the Author
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A California native, Gary Edward Holcomb is associate professor of English at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. His scholarship has appeared in such periodicals as American Quarterly, Callaloo, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Journal of Caribbean Studies, Journal of West Indian...
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Publication Year: 2007