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FORMA is an annual, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to rethinking contemporary Latin American culture and theory.


During the past 40 years, criticism has moved from interpreting the meaning of works to describing the experiences of viewers and readers. In political and cultural theory, a focus on exclusion and marginalization has replaced concerns about exploitation and inequality. And in efforts to define the relationship between aesthetics and politics, questions of belief and conviction have been sidelined in favor of an account of affective intensities and flows.


FORMA questions these turns in the field. In opposition to the dominant modes of critical practice in the field today, we imagine the journal as a space for argument-driven debate and disagreement. We seek not only to clarify the stakes of Latin Americanist discussions of literature, art, and politics but also to help make those discussions matter to scholarship throughout the humanities today.

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