School of Languages and Cultures

Dr Miguel Arnedo-Gomez

Programme Director
School of Languages and Cultures

Phone: 04 463 5602
Location: Room 503, Von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus

Dr Miguel Arnedo-Gomez


MA PhD Lond


Miguel Arnedo-Gómez is a Senior Lecturer in the Spanish and Latin American Studies Programme in the School of Languages and Cultures (SLC). His research focuses on the representation of race and ethnicity and the literary incorporation of African or indigenous cultural elements.

Another part of his research centres on the analysis of theories and concepts of cultural interaction in Latin America, such as transculturation, mestizaje, hybridity and heterogeneity. He is also interested in nationalism and national identities in Latin America

Current Research Projects

Uniting Black in a Raceless Nation:  Blackness and Mestizaje in the Prose and Poetry of Nicolás Guillén (book manuscript currently being considered for publication by an academic publisher). This is a book-length study of the representation of blackness and racial mixture in the work of black Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén.

Research Supervision

Welcomes proposals in:

  • Race and ethnicity in Latin American literature
  • Latin American cultural theory
  • Nationalism and national identities in Latin America
  • Cuban literature and culture

Major achievements

Early Career Research Award (Victoria University, 2006).

University Research Fund Grant of $10,344 (Victoria University, 2008).

Teaching Interests

Miguel teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Spanish language and Latin American literature.

Selected Publications


Writing Rumba: The Afrocubanista Movement in Poetry (Virginia University Press, 2006).

Articles and Book Chapters

"Nicolás Guillén". This is an entry to be included in the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Studies. The Encyclopedia is scheduled to publish in February 2016 (Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz eds. (Oxford:  Wiley).

"Nicolás Guillén, Mestizaje, and the Struggle with a Heterogeneous Mulatto Identity in 'Balada de los dos abuelos' and 'El apellido'". This 8,000-word article is currently under review by an academic journal.

"Motivos de son de Nicolás Guillén desde perspectivas teóricas sobre la representación del otro en la novela testimonio latinoamericana y en la etnografía posmoderna", Revista América sin Nombre, 19 (2014): 91-102.

"La representación del Otro en el testimonio latinoamericano, la etnografía posmoderna y los Motivos de son de Nicolás Guillén", in Diálogos culturales en la literatura iberoamericana, edited by Concepción Reverte Bernal (Madrid, Verbum, 2013), pp. 833-844.

"Uniting Blacks in a Raceless Nation: Afro-Cuban Reformulations of Afrocubanismo and Mestizaje in 1930s Cuba", Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 18.1 (2012): pp. 33-59.

"Reading Testimonio as Narrative Transculturation: Barnet's Biografía de un cimarrón", in Conrad James ed. Writing the Afro-Hispanic: Essays on Africa and Africans in the Spanish Caribbean: (London: Adonis & Abbey Publishers, 2012), pp. 31-50.

"Debates on Racial Inequality and Afro-Cuban Culture in Adelante", Bulletin of Spanish Studies, volume LXXXVIII, number 5 (July 2011): pp 711-735.

"Afro-Cuban Literature and the Afrocubanista Poetry of Nicolás Guillén", Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, volume 85, issue 5 (October 2008): pp 561-74.

"Notes on the Evaluation of Angel Rama’s Concept of Narrative Transculturation and Fernando Ortiz’s Definition of the Term 'Transculturation'", Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 17.2 (August 2008): pp 185-202.

"The Afrocubanista Poetry of Nicolás Guillén and Angel Rama’s Concept of Transculturation", Afro-Hispanic Review 26.2 (Fall 2007), pp 118-34.

"El concepto de las literaturas heterogéneas de Antonio Cornejo Polar y la poesía negrista cubana de los 1930", Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, pp 63-64 (2006), pp 87-103.

"Afrocubanista Poetry and Afro-Cuban Performance", Modern Language Review, 96.4 (2001), pp. 990-1005.

"Arte Blanco con Motivos Negros: Fernando Ortiz’s Concept of Cuban National Culture and Identity", Bulletin of Latin-American Research, 20.1 (2001), pp. 88-101.

"The Portrayal of the Afro-Cuban Female Dancer in Cuban Negrista Poetry", Afro-Hispanic Review, 16.2 (1997), pp. 26-33.