Modern Languages and Literatures, Department of


First Advisor

José Eduardo González

Date of this Version



Clarke, Karina A. Gaspar Octavio Hernández, Un Poeta Modernista. Diss. University of Nebraska Lincoln, 2018.


A DISSERTATION Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Major: Modern Languages & Literatures (Spanish), Under the Supervision of Professor José Eduardo González.. Lincoln, Nebraska: November, 2018.

Copyright (c) 2018 Karina A. Clarke


Panama is known empirically for its geography, climate and natural environment, so it is not surprising that the Afro-Panamanian writer and journalist, Gaspar Octavio Hernández (1893-1918) uses climate and natural conditions as inspirations for his writing. As a modernista, it is entirely plausible that Hernández was attracted to and compelled by both the process and the production of writing poetry. As we approach his work critically, it is evident that Hernández explores nature in his work and his acknowledgment thereof is the principal motivation of his poetry. From this point, Hernández establishes not only a framework for exploring themes identity, death, absence and the feminine figure, but he also demonstrates a clear awareness and a valid participation in the canon of Latin American Modernist poetry.

Advisor: José Eduardo González