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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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An Outsider on the Inside

An Outsider on the Inside

Alfonso Camín's “Carnaval en la Habana”

(p.213) 8 An Outsider on the Inside
Carnival and National Identity in the Poetry of Afrocubanismo

Thomas F. Anderson

University Press of Florida

The final chapter focuses on a fascinating poetic rendition of traditional Havana carnival celebrations by the Spanish poet, Alfonso Camín. After a brief discussion of Camín's much-debated role as an initiator of poesía negra in the Hispanic Caribbean, the chapter delve into his “Carnaval en la Habana” [Carnival in Havana]. This long poem was first published in Maracas y otros poemas [Maracas and Other Poems] in 1952, but was probably penned in the 1940s when Afrocubanismo was on the wane, but it is still of considerable interest to the reading public.

Keywords:   Havana, carnival celebrations, Alfonso Camín, Carnaval en la Habana, poesía negra, Hispanic Caribbean, Afrocubanismo, Cubans, Cubans of color

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