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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 that 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 provide a 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 45 years, CR has been a journal committed to interdisciplinarity; we continue to encourage work that goes beyond a simple performance of the strategies of various disciplines and interdisciplines, and that therefore interrogates them. [End Page vii]

This special issue is entitled "Hearings (Lending an Ear . . . )"; all contributors were asked not only to consider what deconstruction might bring to the domain of music, but also to broaden the usual musicological discussion onto other, perhaps para-musical topics, such as lyrics, performance, and image. We hope this issue contributes to the cultivation of fresh ears (and eyes) for popular, avant garde, world, and classical musics, and the matters they share. Also included in this issue is the second part of Nahum D. Chandler's article on the correspondence of W. E. B. Du Bois and Max Weber. The first part was published in our special Du Bois issue (CR 6.3).

We currently are soliciting work for special issues or special sections on the following topics, among others:

  • • Remainders (of Jacques Derrida)

  • • Singularities of Latin American Philosophy

  • • Cultures of Occupation

  • • The Palestine Issue

  • • Resisting Literature

  • • Borges, Kabbalah, and Politics



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