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CR: The New Centennial Review 2.1 (2002) vii-viii

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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 which release futures for the Americas. In general, CR welcomes work which 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 which therefore interrogates them. [End Page vii]

The papers collected in this fourth issue of CR's New Series are organized around the question of "Rethinking Early Modern Americas." Our next issue will examine the "Origins of 'Postmodern' Cuba." It will include approximately one hundred pages of first-time translated materials from the journals Ciclón and Orígenes, as well as critical essays on cultural politics in prerevolutionary Cuba. And we currently are soliciting work for special issues or special sections on the following topics, among others:

  • At the Heart: Of Jean-Luc Nancy
  • PanAmericanisms
  • Globalicities: Possibilities of the Globe
  • Arab/American: Impossible Solidarities?
  • Brown/Gratz/Grutter: The Fiftieth Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, and Affirmative Action at the University of Michigan
  • 1968: Chicago, Mexico City, Paris, Prague
  • The Francophone Exponent: Squaring France, North Africa, the Caribbean, and Quebec




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