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A race outcast from an outcast class: Claude McKay’s experience and analysis of Britain

Winston James

in West Indian Intellectuals in Britain

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719064746
eISBN:
9781781700426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719064746.003.0004
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

Claude McKay ended his days hating England and the civilisation it represented. McKay journeyed from New York after an absence of more than seven years from his native Jamaica. He was the first ... More


Catholic Spirits

Josef Sorett

in Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199844937
eISBN:
9780190606640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844937.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter follows the rise of a racial catholicity; a formation that reflected the convergence of a shift toward the universal in black writing and the marked expansion of an African American ... More


Introduction: Manifesting Claude Mckay

Gary Edward Holcomb

in Claude McKay, Code Name Sasha: Queer Black Marxism and the Harlem Renaissance

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813030494
eISBN:
9780813039381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813030494.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Amongst studies concerning the Harlem Renaissance authors, Festus Claudius McKay is at last in vogue. Even at the prime of his career, McKay was often a marginalized figure. This book examines ... More


Revival: Missionary Reform in Alice Hobart’s Yang and Yin and Missionary Rebuke in Claude McKay’s Banana Bottom

Albert H. Tricomi

in Missionary Positions: Evangelicalism and Empire in American Fiction

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813035451
eISBN:
9780813039640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813035451.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter studies two notable missionary novels, Alice Tisdale Hobart's 1936 Yang and Yin and Claude McKay's Banana Bottom. The first novel is considered to be the best fictional account of an ... More


Code Name Sasha, “My Real Name”

Gary Edward Holcomb

in Claude McKay, Code Name Sasha: Queer Black Marxism and the Harlem Renaissance

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813030494
eISBN:
9780813039381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813030494.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines Claude McKay's autobiographical novel A Long Way Home which in certain respects comes only second to his FBI files in respect to a dependable account of his time in Europe and ... More


Stories Without Plots: The Nomadic Collectivism of Claude McKay and George Lamming

Aarthi Vadde

in Chimeras of Form: Modernist Internationalism Beyond Europe, 1914-2016

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231180245
eISBN:
9780231542562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231180245.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The third chapter brings together Caribbean-born migrant writers Claude McKay and George Lamming, and forms a bridge across the divides of period and national literature that usually assign McKay to ... More


Claude McKay’s Primitivist Narration

Ben Etherington

in Literary Primitivism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781503602366
eISBN:
9781503604094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503602366.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers Claude McKay’s novels Home to Harlem and Banjo as attempts to undertake literary primitivism’s project of immediacy by means of a musical aesthetics. Exploring his relationship ... More


The Geopolitics of African American Autobiography between the World Wars

Gene Andrew Jarrett

in Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814743386
eISBN:
9780814743874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814743386.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter claims that the autobiographies of two African American writers—Claude McKay and Langston Hughes—document the transnational range of geopolitical activism, which used cultural expression ... More


Round Trips on the Black Star Line

Richard Iton

in In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics and Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195178463
eISBN:
9780199851812
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178463.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

The author points out the phrase that Claude McKay used to describe one of the characters in his novel, as this may also be used to describe a number of other characters and even the author himself — ... More


“Weh eye nuh see heart nuh leap”: Claude McKay’s Literary Drag Performance in Banana Bottom

Jarrett H. Brown

in Black Intersectionalities: A Critique for the 21st Century

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846319389
eISBN:
9781781380901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319389.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This essay examines the persuasive fit between the biographical evidence of Claude McKay’s life, his characterization of Bita Plant as a maroon figure returning to “the point of entanglement” ... More


Race and Modernist Anthologies: Nancy Cunard, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Ezra Pound

Peter J. Kalliney

in Commonwealth of Letters: British Literary Culture and the Emergence of Postcolonial Aesthetics

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199977970
eISBN:
9780199346189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977970.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism, Criticism/Theory

Chapter Two examines Nancy Cunard's massive Negro anthology (1934) and her dealings with three important collaborators: Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, and Claude McKay. Using archival sources, this ... More


Autochthonomous Ambiguities: Travel, Memoir, and Transnational African Diasporic Subjects in (Post)colonial Contexts

Myriam J. A. Chancy

in Autochthonomies: Transnationalism, Testimony, and Transmission in the African Diaspora

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780252043048
eISBN:
9780252051906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043048.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter concludes the study by examining exchanges between African American and Afro-Caribbean contexts, as expressed in Harlem Renaissance texts. Jacques Rancière’s concepts of engaged ... More


“Watch How Dem Touris’ Like Fe Look”: Tourist Photography and Claude McKay’s Jamaica

Leah Rosenberg

in On Writing with Photography

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816674695
eISBN:
9781452947518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816674695.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on Claude McKay, who launched his literary career with creole poems written in the voice of Jamaican speakers that detail daily experiences and existential crises. It discusses ... More


Claude McKay and the Display of Aristocracy

Nadia Nurhussein

in Black Land: Imperial Ethiopianism and African America

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691190969
eISBN:
9780691194134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691190969.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter looks into Claude McKay's “Amiable with Big Teeth: A Novel of the Love Affair between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem,” which was written during the Second ... More


“Home to Harlem” Again: Claude McKay and the Masculine Imaginary of Black Community

Thabiti Lewis

in Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677382
eISBN:
9781452947877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677382.003.0016
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter offers a reading of Claude McKay’s 1928 novel Home to Harlem, focusing on the predominately masculine lens through which he explores the variety and scope of black urban diasporic ... More


On the Imperial Origins of Immigration in Nadifa Mohamed’s Black Mamba Boy and Claude Mckay’s Banjo

Christopher Ian Foster

in Conscripts of Migration: Neoliberal Globalization, Nationalism, and the Literature of New African Diasporas

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781496824219
eISBN:
9781496824264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496824219.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter assesses the imperial origins of immigration. Chapter 6 studies Nadifa Mohamed’s 2010 novel Black Mamba Boy as a refashioning of Claude McKay’s novel Banjo. The chapter reads Mohamed’s ... More


Claude McKay, Code Name Sasha: Queer Black Marxism and the Harlem Renaissance

Gary Edward Holcomb

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813030494
eISBN:
9780813039381
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813030494.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

“Sasha” was the code name adopted by Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay (1889–1948) to foil investigations of his life and work. Over a period of two decades, the FBI, U.S. State Department, ... More


A Mobilized Diaspora: The First World War and Black Soldiers as New Negroes

Chad Williams

in Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677382
eISBN:
9781452947877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677382.003.0011
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines the impact of World War I on soldiers of African descent and their place, as both symbols and historical actors, in the New Negro movement. It considers how black soldiers from ... More


“Swaying to the Music of the Moon”: Black-White Queer Solidarity in Romance in Marseille

Gary Edward Holcomb

in Claude McKay, Code Name Sasha: Queer Black Marxism and the Harlem Renaissance

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813030494
eISBN:
9780813039381
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813030494.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines Claude McKay's Romance in Marseille which is the crucial third novel of McKay's queer black Marxist trilogy. Romance in Marseille is a candid intercourse of queer black and ... More


West Indian Intellectuals in Britain

Bill Schwarz

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719064746
eISBN:
9781781700426
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719064746.001.0001
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

Caribbean migration to Britain brought many new things—new music, new foods, new styles. It brought new ways of thinking too. This book explores the intellectual ideas that the West Indians brought ... More


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