About the Series
Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations is a critical series. It
aims to explore the emergence and consequences of concepts used to define
‘‘Latin America’’ while at the same time exploring the broad interplay of
political, economic, and cultural practices that have shaped Latin American
worlds. Latin America, at the crossroads of competing imperial designs and
local responses, has been construed as a geocultural and geopolitical entity
since the nineteenth century. This series provides a starting point to re-
define Latin America as a configuration of political, linguistic, cultural, and
economic intersections that demands a continuous reappraisal of the role of
the Americas in history, and of the ongoing process of globalization and the
relocation of people and cultures that have characterized Latin America’s
experience. Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations is a forum
that confronts established geocultural constructions, that rethinks area
studies and disciplinary boundaries, that assesses convictions of the acad-
emy and of public policy, and that, correspondingly, demands that the prac-
tices through which we produce knowledge and understanding about and
from Latin America be subject to rigorous and critical scrutiny.
By linking development rhetoric toward Latin America from the United
States (in complicity with local governments) with revolutionary uprisings
in Latin America during the Cold War, Saldaña o√ers a very detailed analysis
of the dialectic between ‘‘regulation’’ and ‘‘emancipation,’’ between ‘‘having
to be developed by global forces’’ and ‘‘wanting alternatives to development’’
implied in revolutionary uprisings and social movements. But more than a
detailed analysis, The Revolutionary Imagination in the Americas and the Age
of Development provides a new departure from the now old debate between
literary and cultural studies, on the one hand, and the old paradigm of area
studies (e.g., Latin American Studies in both its social sciences and cultural
versions). Its first contribution emanates from looking simultaneously at
the dialectics between local histories (Latin American countries) and global
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