This book was written at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the
University of Maryland, College Park, during my tenure
as a Rockefeller
Fellow. I would like to express my gratitude to the Rockefeller Foundation,
to the University of Maryland, to Saul Sosnowski, Chairman of the De-
partment of Spanish and Portuguese, to the professors at the Department,
and to the Foundation consultants for funding my proposal to do research
on "Gender, Ethnicity, and Nation in Times of Transition." Without their
support, this book might not have been written.
I particularly wish to acknowledge with gratitude a special debt to
Dr. Robert Carr, who patiently and selflessly applied himself to translating
with care what he called, with poetic justice, my English phonemes into
the standard vernacular, after meticulous consultation. The bond that we
established will last forever. My thanks also to Paul Miller, a student of
Comparative Literature, who walked the road with us for sixty long and
not always pleasant pages, and to Dr. Maria Lima, also from Compara-
tive Literature, who carefully read the manuscript lest Professor Carr be
inadvertently seduced by my specialized dialect.
I am grateful as well to the students and faculty who attended my talks,
conversed with me in the hallways, invited me to dinners and picnics,
walked along the campus paths on tedious Sunday afternoons to find relief
from the constrictions of the dorms-especially Jose Rabasa, Javier San-
jines, Regina Harrison, Laura Martins, and Alberto Pinkas. And thanks
also go to the administrative officers Kathryn Karam, Chanty Encarnacion,
Mary Jefferson, Allison Tucker, Rosana Morales, and Oscar Comulada,
who responded patiently to each and every question and endured the occa-
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