Without Hatreds or Fears is a study of Tambores en la noche (1940 ed.- 1955 ed.). two volumes of verse by Jorge Artel (1909-94). the principal poet of black expression in twentieth-century Colombia. Analyzing Artels work within the context of Colombian history and culture, modern Spanish American literature, and the poets own career, this study both elucidates the artistry and thematic concerns of a noted yet unjustifiably underrated writer and explains the various factors that have rendered Afro-Colombian authors virtually invisible in their homeland and excluded from the Spanish American literary canon.Laurence E.
Prescott illuminates the impact of geography, regionalism, slavery, mestizaje, race relations, and the publishing industry on literary production in Colombia. Prescott reveals major distinctions between African slavery and black life in Cuba and Colombia that have shaped race writing and resistance since the colonial period, and he reconnects Artels verse to its roots in Spanish American Modernism and European avantgarde movement.
Employing both traditional and current theories of literature, Prescott deconstructs the reactions of Spanish American critics to ethnoracial verse, explicates the symbols, motifs, and often subtle meanings that underlie Artels poetry, and shows its dose affinity with African American, Caribbean, and African writing.
His study uncovers the Afro-Colombian writers struggle w reclaim their African heritage, to affirm blackness, and to inscribe themselves -- without enmity or apprehension -- into the national culture.Without Hatreds or Fears discloses Jorge Artels important role in advancing AfroColombian writing while deepening generalawareness of the difficulties and hardships that Afro-Hispanic writers have faced as members of ostensibly open, multi-racil societies.
In doing so, it enhances our understanding of Latin American literature and culture in general and contributes significantly to the burgeoning scholarship on Afro-Hispanic authors and writing.