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1. Introduction: The Americas, Otherwise—Silvia Spitta and Lois Parkinson Zamora
2. America's Exceptional Comparabilities: An Instance of World Literature—Djelal Kadir
3. Hugo Meltzl and That Dangerous American Supplement; or, A Tale of Two 1877s
Comparative Literature 2009—Alfred J. Lopez
4. Good Neighbor/Bad Neighbor: Boltonian Americanism and Hemispheric Studies—Antonio Barrenecha
5. A Great Bridge that Cannot Be Seen: Caribbean Literature as Comparative Literature—Christopher Winks
6. "Being-in-the-World-Hispanically": A World on the "Border" of Many Worlds—Enrique Dussel
7. The Return of the Decolonized: The Legacies of Leopoldo Zea's Philosophy of History for Comparative American Studies—Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado
8. The (Neo)Baroque Effect: A Critical Inquiry into the Transformation and Application of a Conceptual Field to Comparative American Studies—Marie-Pierrette Malcuzynski
9. Cyborgs, Post-Punk, and the Neobaroque: Ricardo Piglia's La ciudad ausente—J. Andrew Brown
10. Accenting the French in Comparative American Studies—Mary Jean Green
11. The Trans-American Outcast and Figurations of Displacement—Amaryll Chanady
12. Latin America Translated (Again): Roberto Bolaño's The Savage Detectives in the United States—Sarah Pollack
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“The Americas, Otherwise” explores the growing influence of the study of the Americas—variously referred to as Americas Studies, Transamerican Studies, Hemispheric Studies, and Interamerican Studies—on the field of comparative literature. The essays in this special issue suggest the centrality of comparative studies of the Americas to the revision of the discipline as a whole, as well as to intellectual practice in other disciplines.
These essays foreground the work of important hemispheric writers, artists, and public intellectuals such as Roberto Bolaño, Alejo Carpentier, Aimé Césaire, Gabriel García Márquez, Édouard Glissant, José Martí, Ricardo Piglia, and Leopoldo Zea. Topics include migration to the Americas from Asia, Europe, and Africa; hemispheric exceptionalisms since the establishment of the first colonies; the interdisciplinary foundations of border studies; theories of the neobaroque and their application to Latin American cultural formations; Latino critical theory; and the emergence of a southern theory inclusive of the intellectual work of often-marginalized cultures.