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The Worlds of Langston HughesModernism and Translation in the Americas$
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Vera M. Kutzinski

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451157

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451157.001.0001

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In Others’ Words

In Others’ Words

Translation and Survival

(p.1) Introduction In Others’ Words
The Worlds of Langston Hughes

Vera M. Kutzinski

Cornell University Press

This book explores how Langston Hughes' prose and poetry have enjoyed active lives in languages other than English. It presents a systematic inventory of Hughes' poems that were translated into Spanish between 1928 and 2004 and examines how Hispanic American writers engaged with his texts. In piecing together the overlapping stories of Hughes' travels, his translations, and his translators, the book demonstrates how different modes of translation come together in a poetics that situates itself along the edges of the linguistic, cultural, social, and political geographies of “high modernism.” It also considers how migrancy intertwines with Hughes' translations and discusses some of the theoretical and ideological expectations in African diaspora studies by contrasting them with what the actual translations manifest. Finally, it looks at the ways that Hughes dwelt and traded in multiplicities, donning countless costumes and taking on many voices in his ouevre.

Keywords:   translation, Langston Hughes, travel, modernism, migrancy, African diaspora, poetry, prose

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