Mariano Siskind’s Cosmopolitan Desires: Global Modernity and World Literature in Latin America argues strongly for Latin America’s centrality to the development of “world literature” as a category in modern intellectual life. Siskind combines exemplary exposition with a convincing array of analyses, with the result that Cosmopolitan Desires will be of great value to readers who are interested in the question of world literature but are not familiar with Latin America’s status in relationship to this term. Where the book comes up somewhat short is in justifying itself to scholars of Latin American literature who are not already interested in the project of world literature. This combination of success in placing Latin America into debates on world literature and failure at inserting world literature into debates on Latin American cultural studies enacts the very dilemma at the heart of Siskind’s argument: how to be regionally specific...

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