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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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Drumming Up the Black Vote

Drumming Up the Black Vote

Chambelonas and Cuban Electoral Politics in José Zacarías Tallet's “Quintín Barahona”

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Carnival and National Identity in the Poetry of Afrocubanismo

Thomas F. Anderson

University Press of Florida

This chapter permits a look into the controversial history of the political comparsas connected with Cuba's Liberal Party politicians, which came to be known as chambelonas. The chapter studies the poem Quintín Barahona composed by José Zacarías Tallet, which openly criticizes the sociopolitical dilemma of Afro-Cubans. It is a rare example of an afrocubanista poem whose substantial issues outweigh stereotypical images of blacks and their cultural traditions.

Keywords:   political comparsas, Cuba's Liberal Party, chambelonas, Afro-Cubans, Quintín Barahona, José Zacarías Tallet, afrocubanista poem, blacks, cultural traditions

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