University of Pittsburgh Press
John Beverley and Sara Castro-Klarén, Editors
Featuring cutting-edge books on Latin American and inter-American societies, histories, and cultures that offer new perspectives from postcolonial, subaltern, feminist, and cultural studies, this series takes its inspiration from the idea of the illumination, which the critic Walter Benjamin famously defined as “that image of the past which unexpectedly appears to someone singled out by history at a moment of danger.”
By emphasizing this recovery of the past in the context of a perilous present, the series concerns itself, above all, with the historical sedimentation and genealogies of Latin American cultural practices and institutions. In highlighting cultural formations of the Americas, it aims to represent work that not only is national in focus, but also crosses regions and continents, encompassing the spatial relations of Atlantic studies, of precolonial or prenational territoriality, and of U.S. Latino and other diasporic cultures.