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 redefine Latin America as a configuration of political,
linguistic, cultural, and economic intersections that demands a continu-
ous 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 geocul-
tural constructions, rethinks area studies and disciplinary boundaries, as-
sesses convictions of the academy and of public policy, and correspond-
ingly demands that the practices through which we produce knowledge
and understanding about and from Latin America be subject to rigorous
and critical scrutiny.
Uruguayan Ángel Rama is one of three towering figures of Latin
American literary and cultural criticism during the second half of the
twentieth century, along with Peruvian Antonio Cornejo Polar, ten years
younger than Rama (1936–97) and Brazilian Antonio Candido (1918–
present), eight years older than Rama. The three of them constituted
the pillar of radical ideas and criticism between 1960 and 1990. Candido
established the links between literature and underdevelopment, Cor-
nejo Polar is remembered for his concept of heterogeneidad cultural y lit-
eraria and Ángel Rama for transculturación literaria y narrativa. Rama took
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