AC K N OW L E D G M E N T S
This book engages an art of transition, tracing the scope of culture as it
moves from conditions of dictatorshipto democracy under neoliberal rule.
At the same time, it tracks both the flow of intellectual projects that travel
between North and South and the resistances offered by literature to the
market economy,particularly in Argentina andChile. In no minorway, this
study gathers its momentum fromthe many conversations I sustained over
time, drawing from the nourishing friendships that spanned the North/
South horizon.
This project was stirred initially by a gracious invitation from Raquel
Olea to visit Chile in 1994. The experience introduced me to a cultural po-
lemic with which I had limited prior engagement and opened my eyes to
the different possibilities for democracy and gendered politics on both
sides of the cordillera. In the same year, Arcadio Dıaz ´ Quinones
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and Jeremy
Adelman organized a symposium at Princeton on Argentina after military
rule, prompting me to begin writing seriously about the fate of culture un-
der market domain. The late Susana Rotker then invited me to speak at
Rutgers on the relationship between politics and art and inspired further
thinking on the role of the aesthetic. Subsequent lectures at universities in
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