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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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Buenos Aires Blues

Buenos Aires Blues

Modernism in the Creole City

(p.86) Chapter Three Buenos Aires Blues
The Worlds of Langston Hughes

Vera M. Kutzinski

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the reception of Langston Hughes' writing in Buenos Aires. Rather than focus on poems that place Hughes in the context of transatlantic modernisms, it situates his verse in the hemispheric context of the Hispanic Americas. Extending the discussion beyond historically engaged poetry to Hughes' politically engaged verse, the chapter argues that not all modernist writers separated the aesthetics of language art from their political convictions. It considers the politics of fascism in Anglo-American modernism in relation to formalist poetics and compares T. S. Eliot's anti-Semitism with Hughes' antilynching or prosocialist poems. It also discusses a number of Hughes' poems, along with his autobiographies and short stories, that circulated in the Hispanic Americas, and in specifically in Argentina, in translation between the late 1920s and the 1950s.

Keywords:   modernism, Langston Hughes, Buenos Aires, Hispanic Americas, poetry, language art, politics, fascism, T. S. Eliot, anti-Semitism

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