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Claude McKay, Code Name SashaQueer Black Marxism and the Harlem Renaissance$
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Gary Edward Holcomb

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780813030494

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813030494.001.0001

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“Dark Desire All Over the Pages”

“Dark Desire All Over the Pages”

Race, Nation, and Sex in Home to Harlem

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Claude McKay, Code Name Sasha

Gary Edward Holcomb

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on McKay's novel, Home to Harlem, a dialogical act of Great Migration ethos that verbalizes the diverse dialects of Marxist cultural work, different sexuality, anti-imperialism and antiwar dissent, social realism, New Negro race work and négritude. Created in a form of a novel, Home to Harlem discloses and illustrates how diverse entity-making arrangements may unite to create an instrument for envisioning the need for a social and political transformation. Home to Harlem summons the queer black proletarian class laboring at the peripheries of society, yet the novel's most notable contribution is to visualize the intellectual work of the black Trotskyist full-blown revolution which was already taking place, in the form of dreaming of a queer black transformation. McKay's diaspora cruising text is a document with, as the novel itself articulates, “dark desire all over the pages.”

Keywords:   McKay, Home to Harlem, Marxist, sexuality, dissent, social realism, race work, négritude, social transformation

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