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Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study, 2019/20, Semester 2
Professor Stephen Alford
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Primary Sources

McKay, Claude, A Long Way from Home, (New Brunswick, New Jersey and London: Rutgers University Press, 2007) 

McKay, Claude, Amiable with big teeth : a novel of the love affair between the communists and the poor black sheep of Harlem ISBN: 9780143107316 (hardcover); 0143107313 (hardcover), (New York: Penguin Books, 2017) 

McKay, Claude, Banana Bottom., (Chatham, N.J.: Chatham Bookseller, 1970) 

McKay, Claude, Banjo, (London: The X Press, 2000) 

McKay, Claude, Gingertown ISBN: 0836941136, (Freeport, N.Y.: Books for Libraries Press, 1972) 

McKay, Claude, Harlem, Negro metropolis ISBN: 0156389460, (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1968) 

McKay, Claude, Harlem Shadows ISBN: 9780649755585, (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1922) 

McKay, Claude, Home to Harlem ISBN: 1874509980, (London: The X Press, 2000) 

McKay, Claude, The dialect poetry of Claude McKay ISBN: 0836989821, (Freeport, N.Y.: Books for Libraries Press, 1972) 

McKay, Claude, The passion of Claude McKay : selected poetry and prose, 1912-1948 ISBN: 0805234985, ed. by Wayne F. Cooper, (New York: Schocken Books, 1973) 

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Biographies of McKay 

Tillery, Tyrone, Claude McKay: a black poet's struggle for identity ISBN: 0870239244, (Amherst: University of Massachusetts, 1992)  

Ramesh, Kotti Sree, Claude McKay : the literary identity from Jamaica to Harlem and beyond ISBN: 0786425822 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780786425822, (Jefferson: McFarland, 2006)  

Cooper, Wayne F., Claude McKay : rebel sojourner in the Harlem Renaissance : a biography ISBN: 080712074X (pbk.), (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1987)   

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Week 3: American Beginning 


Hathaway, Heather, Caribbean waves : relocating Claude McKay and Paule Marshall ISBN: 0253335698 (cl : alk. paper), (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999) 

Holcomb, Gary Edward, ‘Diaspora Cruises: Queer Black Proletarianism in Claude McKay’s A Long Way from Home’, MSF Modern fiction studies. 49:4 (Winter 2003) 714-745 

James, Winston, A fierce hatred of injustice : Claude McKay's Jamaica and his poetry of rebellion ISBN: 1859847404, 2001 

James, Winston, ‘Becoming the People’s Poet: Claude McKay’s Jamaican Years, 1889-1912’, Small axe. 13 (March 2003) 17-45 

James, Winston, 'New Light on Claude McKay: A Controversy, a Document, And a Resolution', Black Renaissance = Renaissance noire. ISSN: 1089-3148 2:2 (1999) 98


Mostern, Kenneth, Autobiography and Black identity politics : racialization in twentieth-century America ISBN: 0521646790 (pbk); 0521641144 (hardcover), (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999) 

Nussbaum, Felicity A., The autobiographical subject : gender and ideology in eighteenth-century England ISBN: 0801852374 (alk. paper.); 0801838258, (Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989) 

Pascal, Roy, Design and truth in autobiography., (London: Routledge and Paul, 1960) 

Rampersad, Arnold, ‘Biography, Auto-Biography, and Afro-American Culture’, The Yale review. ISSN: 0044-0124 73:1 (1983) 1-16 

Smith, Valerie, Self-discovery and authority in Afro-American narrative ISBN: 0674800885 (pbk); 0674800877, (Cambridge, Mass. and London: Harvard University Press, 1987) 

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Week 4: English Inning 

Davis, Mary, Sylvia Pankhurst : a life in radical politics. ISBN: 0745315232 (pbk.) : £10.99; 0745315186; 9781849640725 (ebk.), (London and Stirling, Virginia: Pluto Press, 1999) pp. 103-107 

Gosciak, Josh, The shadowed country : Claude McKay and the romance of the Victorians ISBN: 9780813549729 (e-book), (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2006) 

James, Winston, ‘A Race Outcast of an Outcast Class: Claude McKay’s Experience and Analysis of Britain’, in Bill Schwarz ed., West Indian intellectuals in Britain ISBN: 0719064740; 0719064759 (pbk), (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2003) 

Jenkins, Lee M., ‘’Black Murphy’: Claude McKay and Ireland’, Irish university review. ISSN: 0021-1427 33:2 (Autumn-Winter, 2003) 279-290 

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Week 5: New York Horizon 

Cooper, Wayne, 'Claude McKay and the New Negro of the 1920's', Phylon (1960-) ISSN: 0031-8906 25:3 (1964), 297-306

Helbling, Mark, The Harlem renaissance : the one and the many ISBN: 0313310475 : No price, (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1999) 

Huggins, Nathan, Harlem Renaissance, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007) 

Lewis, David Leavering, When Harlem was in vogue ISBN: 0140263349, (Penguin: New York and London, 1979) 

Maxwell, William, New Negro, old Left : African-American writing and Communism between the wars ISBN: 0231114257 (pbk.); 0231114249, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999) 

McKible, Adam, '"Life is Real and Life is Earnest": Mike Gold, Claude McKay, and the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven', American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, and Bibliography. ISSN: 1054-7479 15:1 (2005) 56-73

Schwarz, A. B. Christa, Gay voices of the Harlem Renaissance ISBN: 0253216079 (pbk.); 0253342554 (cloth), (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003) 

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Week 6: The Magic Pilgrimage 

Baldwin, Kate A., Beyond the color line and the Iron Curtain : reading encounters between Black and Red, 1922-1963 ISBN: 0822329905 (pbk.); 082232976X, (Durham, N.C. and London: Duke University Press, 2002) 

Clark, Katerina, ‘The Representation of the African American as Colonial Oppressed in Texts of the Soviet Interwar Years’, The Russian review. ISSN: 0036-0341 75 (July 2016) 368-85 

Lee, Steven S., The ethnic avant-garde : minority cultures and world revolution ISBN: 9780231173520 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780231540117 (ebook), (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015) 

Makalani, Minkah, In the Cause of Freedom: Radical Black Internationalism from Harlem to London, 1917-1939, (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011) Chapter 3 

Matusevich, Maxim, ‘An Exotic Subversive: Africa, Africans and the Soviet Everyday’, Race and class. ISSN: 0306-3968 49:4 (2008) 57-81 

Zumoff, J.A., 'Mulattoes, Reds, and the Fight for Black Liberation in Claude McKay's Trial by Lynching and Negroes in America', Journal of West Indian Literature ISSN: 0258-8501 19:1 (2010) 22-53

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Week 7: The Cynical Continent 

Hamalian, Leo, 'D.H. Lawrence and Black Writers', Journal of modern literature. ISSN: 0022-281x 16:4 (1990) 579-596

Hathaway, Heather, Josef Jařab, Jeffrey Melnick, Race and the modern artist ISBN: 9780195352627 (e-book) (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003) 

Keller, James R., ‘”A Chafing Savage, Down the Decent Street”: The Politics of Compromise in Claude McKay’s Protest Sonnets’, African American review. ISSN: 1062-4783, 28:3 (Fall, 1994) 

North, Michael, The dialect of modernism : race, language, and twentieth-century literature ISBN: 0195085167, (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994) 

Rosenberg, 'Caribbean Models for Modernism in the Work of Claude McKay and Jean Rhys', Modernism/modernity. ISSN: 1071-6068 11:2 (April 2004) 219-238

White, Eric B., Transatlantic avant-gardes : little magazines and localist modernism ISBN: 9780748645213 (hbk.) : £70.00; 9780748645220 (webready PDF) : £70.00; 9780748681594 (epub); 9780748681600 (Amazon ebook), (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013) 

Wipplinger, Jonathan, 'Germany, 1923: Alain Locke, Claude McKay, and the New Negro in Germany', Callaloo. ISSN: 0161-2492 36:1 (Winter 2013) 106-124

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Week 8: Truth and Fiction 

Chalk, Bridget T., 'Sensible of Being Etrangers": Plots and Identity Papers in Banjo', Twentieth-century literature. ISSN: 0041-462X 55:3 (2009) 357-377

Edwards, Brent Hayes, The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism, (Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press, 2003) 

Hvidt, Kristian, ‘Fact and Fiction: A Case for the Complementary Study of History and Literature’, American Studies in Scandinavia, pp. 67-71 (

Maiwald, Michael, 'Race, Capitalism, and the Third-Sex Ideal: Claude McKay's Home to Harlem and the Legacy of Edward Carpenter', MFS Modern fiction studies. ISSN: 0026-7724 48:4 (2002) 825-857

Newman, Eric H., ‘Ephemeral Utopias: Queer Cruising, Literary Form, and Diasporic Imagination in Claude McKay’s Home to Harlem and Banjo’, Callaloo. ISSN: 0161-2492 38:1 (2015) 

Nicholls, David G., 'The Folk as Alternative Modernity: Claude McKay's Banana Bottom and the Romance of Nature', Journal of modern literature. ISSN: 0022-281x 23:1 (1999) 79-94

Reed, Anthony, ‘”A Woman Is a Conjunction”: The Ends of Improvisation in Claude McKay’s Banjo: A Story without a Plot’, Callaloo., 36:3 (Summer 2013) 758-772 

Rottenberg, Catherin, 'Writing from the Margins of the Margins: Michael Gold's Jews without Money and Claude McKay's Home to Harlem', MELUS. ISSN: 0163-755X 35:1 (2010) 119-140

Stephens, Michelle Ann, Black empire : the masculine global imaginary of Caribbean intellectuals in the United States, 1914-1962 ISBN: 0822335883 (pbk. : acid-free paper); 0822335514 (acid-free paper), (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2005) 

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Week 9: The Idylls of Africa 

Bishop, Jacqueline, ‘Claude McKay’s Songs of Morocco’, Black Renaissance = Renaissance noire. ISSN: 1089-3148 14:1 (2014) 68-75 

Holcomb, Gary Edward, Claude McKay, code name Sasha : queer black Marxism and the Harlem Renaissance ISBN: 0813030498, (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2007) Chapter 2 

Holcomb, Gary Edward, ‘Diaspora Cruises: Queer Black Proletarianism in Claude McKay’s A Long Way from Home’, MSF Modern fiction studies. ISSN: 0026-7724 49:4 (Winter 2003) 714-745 

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Week 10: From ‘Of Belonging to a Minority Group’, to Catholicism 

Cloutier, Jean-Christophe, ‘Amiable with Big Teeth: The Case of Claude McKay’s Last Novel’, Modernism/modernity. ISSN: 1071-6068 20:3 (2013) 557-576 

Deshmukh, Madhuri H., ‘Claude McKay’s Road to Catholicism’, Callaloo. ISSN: 0161-2492 37:1 (Winter 2014) 148-168 

Griffin, Barbara Jackson, ‘The Last Word: Claude McKay’s Unpublished “Cycle Manuscript”’, MELUS. ISSN: 0163-755X 21: 1 (Spring 1996) 

This list was last updated on 20/02/2018