"Empire" is the keyword that frames both the field of Latina/o studies and what Latina/o studies projects interrogate in order to make visible how empire's scattered remains throughout the Americas cross national borders as well as affective states of being. In so doing, Latina/o studies' methodological recourse to and critique of empire seeks to apprehend empire's legacies beyond the singular historical actor model of the exceptional nation-state in order to engage how empire saturates and conditions affects across space, time, and bodies.
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Lima, Lazaro, "Empire." In Keywords for Latina/o Studies, by Vargas, Deborah, Nancy R. Mirabal, and Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, 55-58. New York: New York University Press, 2017.