Dr Miguel Arnedo-Gomez

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Senior Lecturer in Spanish & Latin American Studies School of Languages and Cultures


Teaching in 2020


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

I am currently working on a book project entitled ‘Writing Son: Nicolás Guillén and the Representation of the Afro-Cuban Other’. The book will feature essays that consider key theoretical issues from Latin American cultural criticism and Post-modern ethnography in relation to the literature of Cuban writer Nicolás Guillén. It will also evaluate the differences between the representation of Afro-Cuban culture and blacks in Guillen’s pre- and post-Cuban Revolution production, linking them to the distinct socio-political and cultural circumstances of each period.

Research supervision

Current supervision

Currently supervising two PhDs on Afro-Cuban and indigenista literature.

Proposals welcome

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

Key achievements

  • Early Career Research Award (Victoria University of Wellington, 2006)
  • University Research Fund Grant of $10,344 (Victoria University of Wellington, 2008).

Teaching interests

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

Selected publications


Uniting Black in a Raceless Nation: Blackness, Mestizaje and Afro-Cuban Culture in the Prose and Poetry of Nicolás Guillén (Bucknell University Press, 2016).

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

Articles and book chapters

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.

"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, LXXXVIII, 5 (July 2011): 711-735.

"Afro-Cuban Literature and the Afrocubanista Poetry of Nicolás Guillén", Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, volume 85, issue 5 (October 2008): 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): 185-202.

"The Afrocubanista Poetry of Nicolás Guillén and Angel Rama’s Concept of Transculturation", Afro-Hispanic Review 26.2 (Fall 2007): 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, 63-64 (2006): 87-103.

"Afrocubanista Poetry and Afro-Cuban Performance", Modern Language Review, 96.4 (2001): 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): 88-101.

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

Book reviews, conference proceedings, and other contributions

“Nicolás Guillén”. Entry in the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Post-Colonial Studies (Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz eds. (Oxford:  Wiley, 2016).

“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.

Review of The Companion to Latin American Studies, edited by Phillip Swanson, Journal of Hispanic Research, 6.1: pp. 92-93 (2005).

Review of Charles M Tatum’s Chicano Popular Culture. Que Hable el Pueblo, Journal of Hispanic Research, 6.1: pp. 94-95 (2005).

Review of Daisy Rubiera Castillo’s Reyita. The Life of a Black Cuban Woman in the Twentieth Century, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 79: pp.825-26 (2002).

Review of Mariano Brull, Obras (Poesía y prosa: 1916-1955), Modern Language Review, 98.3: pp. 746-747 (2002).

Review of Gustavo Pérez Firmat’s My Own Private Cuba, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Glasgow), 78: pp. 540-41 (2001).

‘Guillermo Cabrera Infante’. Entry in International Encyclopedia of Censorship, ed. Derek Jones, (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2001).


Teaching in 2020