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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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Nomad Heart

Nomad Heart

Heterolingual Autobiography

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The Worlds of Langston Hughes
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Vera M. Kutzinski

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451157.003.0002

This chapter examines how Langston Hughes writes an autobiography as a literary genre. There were substantial pressures on a black autobiographer in the United States to construct himself as a subject that would represent African Americans in just the right ways: as valued citizens and loyal patriots. Hughes faced this issue not just in The Big Sea (1940) and I Wonder As I Wander (1956). This chapter analyzes the link between heterolingualism and Hughes' autobiographies. To this end, it weaves together texts and a host of intertexts, including the Spanish translations of Hughes' autobiographies, around scenes of translation. It shows how the historical exigencies impinging on Hughes' acts of self-writing are intertwined with broader theoretical concerns about autobiography as a literary genre. The chapter also considers the discourses of race, gender, and nationality as well as black internationalism and international modernism that Hughes takes to task in his autobiographies.

Keywords:   modernism, Langston Hughes, autobiography, African Americans, The Big Sea, I Wonder As I Wander, heterolingualism, translation, race, black internationalism

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