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Carnival and National Identity in the Poetry of
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Thomas F. Anderson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035581

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035581.001.0001

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Felipe Pichardo Moya's “La comparsa”

Felipe Pichardo Moya's “La comparsa”

Afro-Cuban Carnival as Sinister Spectacle

(p.25) 1 Felipe Pichardo Moya's “La comparsa”
Carnival and National Identity in the Poetry of Afrocubanismo

Thomas F. Anderson

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines a poem that is widely held to be one of the most significant precursors to the poetry of Afrocubanismo. Pichardo Moya's “La comparsa” was originally published in 1916—just four years after the Racist Massacre of 1912—and the chapter argues that its reputation as an important precursor has largely overshadowed its obvious conjuration of the deep-seated prejudices against Afro-Cuban carnival celebrations and related cultural manifestations that had led to their official banning during the early decades of the twentieth century. In this chapter it is demonstrated how “La comparsa” echoes many aspects of the early writings of the man who was, at the time, one of Cuba's preeminent criminologists.

Keywords:   Afrocubanismo, Pichardo Moya, La comparsa, Racist Massacre of 1912, twentieth century, Cuba, criminologists, Afro-Cuban carnival, celebrations

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