Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Modern Languages


Modern Languages

First Advisor

Diane Marting

Second Advisor

Heather J. Allen

Third Advisor

Ian Gowan

Relational Format



This study explores the poetic works of Afro-Uruguayan poet Cristina Rodríguez Cabral and other Afro-Uruguayan and Afro-Latina poets and identifies how their works contribute to the body of decolonized feminist literature. The investigation includes the historical context of Black women and Black women poets in Uruguay to set the stage for analyzing the main themes of Rodríguez Cabral’s poetry which include questioning the presentation of Afro-Uruguayan women from a European perspective, the construction of a firm and resilient Afro-Uruguayan woman and the embracing of sisterhood within the African Diaspora. These themes are strongly connected to decolonized feminism in that they question and challenge the remnants of colonialism in society as they relate to both the racism and sexism Afro-Uruguayan women experience. Finally, the work presents other Afro-Latina poets whose works are less known and studied with the aim of shedding light on other Afro-Latina poets who are also sharing their experiences of racism and sexism as well as the importance of preserving their Afro-Latina culture through the poetic voice.


Modern Languages, Spanish



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