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  • Editors' NoteVariations on Democracy, Censorship, Literature

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

The editors thank Paula Cucurella for suggesting and then guest-editing this issue of CR. Current events around the world make clear that democracy remains troubled and troubling. Heralded, proclaimed, invoked by protagonists and antagonists on every side of civil unrest, democracy may well be the most equivocal word in any language. [End Page vi]



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