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Claude McKay’s freeing Narrative: Russian and Anglophone Caribbean Literary Connections examines McKay’s look for an unique kind of literary expression that began in Jamaica and persevered in his next travels out of the country. Newly chanced on learn bearing on his presence in different Russian periodicals, magazines, and literary diaries brings new gentle to the writer’s contribution to the Soviet realizing of African American and Caribbean concerns and his attainable effect on Yevgeny Zamyatin, the author he met in the course of his 1922 - 1923 stopover at to Russia. the first concentration of this publication is Claude McKay and his optimistic reception of Alexander Pushkin, Feodor Dostoyevsky, and Leo Tolstoy, the nineteenth-century Russian writers who encouraged his literary profession and enabled him to discover an answer to his challenge of a twin Caribbean id. The secondary concentration of this e-book is the research of McKay’s affinity together with his Russian literary predecessors and with C.L.R. James and Ralph de Boissière, his Trinidadian contemporaries, who additionally stated the significance of Russian writers of their inventive improvement. The booklet discusses McKay as a precursor of Russian and Anglophone Caribbean hyperlinks and provides a comparative research of cross-racial, cross-national, and cross-cultural alliances among those distinctive but comparable varieties of literature. Claude McKay’s freeing Narrative is extremely prompt for undergraduate and graduate classes in Caribbean and comparative literature at North American, eu, Caribbean, and African universities.

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74 McKay’s search for justice and equality was not just geographical. While he spent time in the Soviet Union, France, Spain, and Africa and learned a lot from these “logical steps” of his pilgrimage,75 in Morocco he turned to the Moslem religion in his spiritual search for equality between blacks and whites. 78 The community solidarity and sovereignty that McKay found in Africa inspired him to depict the beauty of the Jamaican countryside in the prose he wrote there. ” All of these stories are somewhat reminiscent of the writer’s experience in his homeland.

While Kate Baldwin points to “intriguing moments in Russian cultural production” that in her opinion show McKay’s importance in Soviet thinking about race4 and assumes “a fusion of McKay and Pushkin” in the character of the 38 CLAUDE MCKAY AND SOVIET RUSSIA Negro poet of We,5 she does not examine specific incidents of this connection. 6 In addition, I also trace McKay’s literary affinities with Zamyatin. Both writers challenge rational thinking devoid of any authentic feeling and emotions; their work explores their inner struggle between reason and instinct and criticizes any type of social system that limits personal freedom.

360.  357.  241.  241.  45.  241.  321.  263.  263.  266.  266.  266.  260.  228.  228.  228.  49–50.  228. 112 McKay’s letter to Langston Hughes, LHPJ 109‐2042. 113 McKay’s letter to James Weldon Johnson, CMPJ 13‐30.  282. 80 CHAPTER 2 Mutual Concerns and Contributions: Claude McKay and Soviet Russia In your struggle for existence, do not think of your colour as a handicap, but as raiment of distinction to wear proudly, always. —Claude McKay1 Through his interactions with Russian people, culture and politics, McKay not only entered the space of new international formations and allegiances, but also became a spokesman for Negro radicalism in The Negroes in America and Trials by Lynching: Stories about Negro Life in North America, his ignored Soviet publications.

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