Category Archives: Claude McKay

A Reading of McKay’s “America”

In “America”, McKay uses powerful descriptors such as “sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth” and “her bigness sweeps my being like a flood” to emphasize the oppressive nature of American society.  Despite this powerful language, McKay does not condemn … Continue reading

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Langston Hughes and Claude McKay

Reading Hughes and McKay, I was strongly reminded of DuBois’ concept of the black double-consciousness, and the pressure/desire to have both a black and an ‘American’ identity.  For example, in “America” (p. 2147), McKay seems to be adhering to more traditional, … Continue reading

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