A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S
This book is particularly indebted to four of my friends whose
thought has had a determining impact on my own thinking over the
last several years: Brett Levinson, Gareth Williams, John Kraniaus-
kas, and Jon Beasley-Murray. I am also grateful to Abdul Mustapha
and Kate Jenckes for their very generous and highly useful commen-
tary of my typescript when I was in dire need of readers. A num-
ber of visits to Chile have enabled me to establish and maintain
strong intellectual and affective contacts with the group of think-
ers around Revista de crítica cultural: Nelly Richard, Willy Thayer,
Federico Galende, Elizabeth Collingwood-Selby, Carlos Pérez Villa-
lobos, Ivan Trujillo, Pablo Oyarzún, Sergio Villalobos, and others
will not, I trust, let people say that my own work is extraneous to
their own thinking and thus not Latin American enough. I see my
work as a modest form of solidarity with their efforts. Although I
would not want my other friends, particularly in the United States,
to feel unrecognized by my omission of their names here, I cannot
be exhaustive. But I will mention, for reasons instrumental to this
book, Teresa Vilarós, George Yúdice, Laurence Shine, Gabriela Nou-
zeilles, Danny James, Adriana Johnson, and Horacio Legrás. Thank
you also to Ana Lucia Gazzola and Wander Melo Miranda, who in-
vited me to present a large amount of material from this book in a
seminar at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Hori-
zonte, Brazil, in the summer of 1997. Much of the analysis that fol-
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