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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 up of the possibilities for a future Americas, which does not amount to a mere reiteration of its past. We seek interventions, provocations, and, indeed, 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 that, 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 forty-five years, CR has been a journal committed to interdisciplinarity, and we continue to encourage work which goes beyond a simple performance of the strategies of various disciplines and interdisciplines, and that, therefore, interrogates them. [End Page vii]

Author of more than fifty books, including novels, plays, short story collections, and cultural criticism of all sorts, Juan García Ponce (1932– 2003) was one of Mexico's most prolific and important intellectuals of the second half of the twentieth century. Given García Ponce's remarkable productivity as well as the provocativeness and philosophical sophistication of his writing, it is surprising that so little critical attention has been paid to his work. This issue's Special Section, "Juan García Ponce, Community, Politics," offers what is to date the most sustained attempt to assess the political import of his work in English.

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

  • • W. E. B. Du Bois and the Thought of Another World

  • • Hearings (lending an ear)



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