Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor's Name

Nathaniel Cadle

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Committee chair

Second Advisor's Name

Michael Grafals

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Third Advisor's Name

Shawn Christian

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member


Nicolas Guillen, Langston Hughes, AfroCuban, translation, mestizaje, literature

Date of Defense



The purpose of this thesis was to analyze the translation decisions made in Cuba Libre, Translated from the Spanish By Langston Hughes and Ben Frederic Carruthers, and to explore the contemporary image of Nicolás Guillén as expressed in recent projects regarding his work and legacy. Particular attention was paid to the historical and social frameworks Guillén employed in his own work and the same frameworks he and his poetry have been associated with in recent years. The larger importance of this piece was to take a look at how international Blackness existed and was worked with in literature at the time of Guillén’s own work being published, during the 1920s and 1930s, and at the time of Cuba Libre’s publication in 1948.





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