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“Dark Desire All Over the Pages”

Gary Edward Holcomb

in Claude McKay, Code Name Sasha

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780813030494
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039381 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813030494.003.0004
“Dark Desire All Over the Pages”

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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

Chapter.  21445 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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