The Sun Also Rises in Queer Black Harlem: Hemingway and McKay’s Modernist Intertext
Compares The Sun Also Rises to Claude McKay’s Home to Harlem (1928), arguing that the novels mirroring of each other creates a “bilateral intertext of the interwar period.” Looks specifically at Hemingway’s use of modern primitivism and McKay’s use of modernist angst in his novel of black proletarians. Considers how Ralph Ellison’s controversial assessment of Hemingway’s literary influence sheds light on McKay’s position within modernism. Slightly revised version published as “Hemingway and McKay, Race and Nation” in Hemingway and the Black Renaissance, edited by Gary Edward Holcomb and Charles Scruggs, 133-50. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2012.
Journal of Modern Literature