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  • Editors’ Note

CR: The New Centennial Review is devoted to comparative studies of the Americas. The journal’s primary emphasis is on the opening of the possibilities for future Americas that does not amount to a mere reiteration of its past. We seek interventions, provocations, and insurgencies that release futures for the Americas. In general, CR welcomes work that is inflected, informed, and driven by theoretical and philosophical concerns at the limits of the potentialities for the Americas.

Such work may be explicitly concerned with the Americas, or it may be broader, global, and/or genealogical scholarship with implications for the Americas. CR recognizes that the language of the Americas is translation, and therefore questions of translation, dialogue, and border crossings (linguistic, cultural, national, and the like) are necessary for rethinking the foundations and limits of the Americas.

For more than 50 years, CR has been a journal committed to interdiscipli-narity, and we continue to encourage work that goes beyond a simple performance [End Page v] of the strategies of various disciplines and interdisciplines, and that therefore interrogates them.

Several of the essays gathered in this issue were first presented at the “Literature and the Secret of the World” symposium sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature at the University at Buffalo during April 5–6, 2013. We thank the following people who made that event possible: Rodolphe Gasché (Eugenio Donato Professor of Comparative Literature), Jorge Gracia (Capen Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature), and Ewa Ziarek (Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature), and the University at Buffalo Humanities Institute (Erik Seeman, Director). Finally, we thank Fordham University Press for the opportunity to publish Nahum Chandler’s article.

We are currently soliciting work for Special Issues and Special Sections on the following topics, among others:

Indigenous AestheticsAuto-Affection and Self-ConsciousnessTranslation and Global LiteraturesTimeStyle [End Page vi]



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