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

Gary Edward Holcomb

Abstract

“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, British police and intelligence, and French law enforcement and colonial authorities took turns harassing McKay, an openly gay, Marxist, Jamaican expatriate who had left the United States and was living in Europe. This study of four of McKay's texts—a literary, cultural, and historical analysis to address the multilayered “queer black anarchism” in McKay's writings—argues that McKay's “fringe” perspect ... More

Keywords: Sasha, Harlem Renaissance, Claude McKay, gay, Marxist, Jamaican expatriate, négritude

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780813030494
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813030494.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Edward Holcomb, author
Ohio University