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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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Southern Exposures

Southern Exposures

Hughes in Spanish

(p.56) Chapter Two Southern Exposures
The Worlds of Langston Hughes

Vera M. Kutzinski

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines Langston Hughes' poems in their Spanish translation to try to untangle some of the complications that arise from claims to cultural equivalence. It considers what accounts for Hughes' immense popularity in the Hispanic Americas and why Hispanic Americans were drawn to his poetry. It also explores the connections translators made between antiblack racism and imperialist oppression and how several distinct regional and international discourses, particularly anti-American imperialism, socialism, and modernism, provided the triple lenses through which Hughes's poems were refracted in the Hispanic Americas. Finally, it discusses the literary discourses of blackness that evolved in the context of the African diaspora in relation to Spanish translations of Hughes' poems.

Keywords:   poetry, Langston Hughes, Spanish translations, Hispanic Americas, racism, imperialism, modernism, blackness, African diaspora, translation

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