the editors, met at a panel that Debbie
put together for the 1998 mla confer-
ence, had a ‘‘you got chocolate in my
peanut butter’’ scholarly moment, and a few weeks later, on Martin
Luther King Day, found ourselves agreeing to coedit this volume—via
e-mail, of course. In fact, while most books are measured in pages, we
prefer to measure this one in e-mails: over the course of five years, five
thousand of them, chiefly between the editors. Rarer face-to-face talks
have ranged from Oxford (Mississippi) to Nashville, from San Francisco
to New York, and from Montreal to Puerto Vallarta. If the book is long,
the conversation has become our own New World epic. We are grateful to
the editors of El Escribano ’95 for permission to reprint Jane Landers’s
‘‘Slave Resistance on the Spanish Frontier: Fugitives, Maroons, and Ban-
ditti in the Age of Revolutions,’’ El Escribano ’95 32: 12–24. Thanks also to
Princeton University Press for permission to reprint substantial portions
of Kirsten Silva Gruesz’s contribution from her book Ambassadors of
Culture: The Transamerican Origins of Latino Writing (2001). Portions of
Lois Parkinson Zamora’s essay originally appeared in the American Jour-
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