lows is informed by post-Marxian and deconstructive intentions,
owing a great deal to my perhaps idiosyncratic relationship with
the tradition of subaltern studies. I wish to thank John Beverley
and Ileana Rodríguez for their role as mentors in the Latin Ameri-
can Subaltern Studies Group. I also want to thank Duke University
for its generous support, and in particular Debby Jakubs, Natalie
Hartman, Ariel Dorfman, Fred Jameson, Walter Mignolo, and Cathy
Davidson. And I want to thank my editor, Ken Wissoker, for his
patience, friendship, and generous judgment.
Earlier version of chapters or parts of chapters have been pub-
lished in Revista de crítica cultural, Jameson and Miyoshi, The Cul-
tures of Globalization, Siglo XX/20th Century. Critique and Cul-
tural Discourse, Dispositio/n, Journal of Interdisciplinary Literary
Research, Revista iberoamericana, Journal of Narrative Technique,
Gugelberger, The ‘‘Real’’ Thing, Journal of Latin American Cultural
Studies, and Cultural Studies. I am thankful to the publishers for
permission to reprint the materials involved.
This book is dedicated to my wife, Teresa M. Vilarós, and to our
children, Alejandro and Camila.
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