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Novel Tastes

The Foodvoice of Claude McKay's Banjo

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Abstract:

This paper makes use of the Food Voice concept to create an original interpretation of Claude McKay's important yet sometimes overlooked novel written during the Harlem Renaissance. The paper demonstrates McKay's use of food as an expression of social, economic and political forces. Theoretical bases touched on come from postcolonial theory, anthropology and sociology. I argue that McKay uses food to express powerful, painful and politically charged messages reflecting personal identity, world economics and social realities.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/155280104786578030

Publication date: March 1, 2004

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