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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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Some Remarks on the Critical Implications of Queer Black Marxism

(p.225) Conclusion
Claude McKay, Code Name Sasha

Gary Edward Holcomb

University Press of Florida

This conclusion offers some comments and remarks on the future of McKay studies including black literary studies, radical left historicism, and cultural studies. The conclusion notes that while academies are geared to higher education and competencies, most readers of modernist literature particularly those of black radical writing will find it difficult to comprehend what is on the page in front of them. The conclusion suggests that until those who write about, teach, and publish subjects on Harlem Renaissance recognize the need for innovative skills and new methods of reading these deviant voices found in American literary texts particularly those of black Marxist literature, black writing of the modern moment will be misunderstood and several narratives and literatures of the period will be overlooked. Without a radical shift and change in the study of black modernist literature, the result will be a persistent failure to see and examine how the African American and Carribean writers during the interwar period concentrated on the intersection of nationalism and racism through black dialectical materialist acts of literary criticism. Until those who participate in generating the critical language of modern American literary history cultivate a far-reaching awareness of how black radical interwar writing worked in partnership with leftist commitment to disrobe the intimate coupling of state nationalist and racist ideology, those studying modernist literature will never comprehend its fullest import. The ultimate goal of this book has been to suggest ways through which it is possible to think of new ways to renovate and to modernize the analytic capacity of the reader in order to gain a better understanding of critical knowledge. It has aimed to regenerate lost, dangerous intelligence, and to revive the creative efforts of black Marxist modernist writing and to reiterate McKay's vision of “America.”

Keywords:   McKay, modernist literature, black radical writing, Harlem Renaissance, African American writers, Caribbean writers, nationalism, racism, black Marxist

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