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Essays in Criticism and Cultural Studies from a Filipino Perspective
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E. San Juan, Jr. is emeritus professor of Ethnic Studies, English, and Comparative Literature in several universities in the United States, and manages the Philippines Cultural Studies Center in Washington D.C. He was a Fellow of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University; the Harry Ransom Humanities Center, University of Texas; the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh; and the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center, Bellagio, Italy. He also served as Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the University of Leuven, Belgium.
"E. San Juan is remarkable for his commitment to literature and culture as vital areas of contemporary social life." Fredric Jameson, Knut Schmidt-Nielsen Professor of Comparative Literature and Romance Studies, Duke University
"E. San Juan is one of the world's most distinguished progressive critics. He is undoubtedly the leading authority on Filipino-American literary relations." H. Bruce Franklin, John Cotton Dana Professor of English and American Studies, Rutgers University
In this epoch of disastrous neoliberal globalization, E. San Juan's critique seizes the crisis in neocolonial Philippines as a point of intervention. As current Philippine President Duterte's timely war on drugs and corruption rages, San Juan foregrounds the facticity that Filipinos are once more confronted with the barbaric legacy of U.S. domination, legitimized today as "civilizing" humanitarianism. This wide-ranging discourse by a Filipino radical scholar interrogates the apologetic use of postcolonial dogmas, Saussurean semiology versus Peircean semiotics, Kafka's allegory on torture, Edward Said's use of Gramsci, and the postconceptual view of photography. The author also diagnoses the symptoms of nihilistic neoliberal ideology found in media discourses on diaspora, terrorism, and globalization.
His critique of academic postcolonial studies sums up the arguments elaborated in his previous books, Beyond Postcolonial Theory (St. Martin's Press), After Postcolonialism (Rowman & Littlefield), and especially US Imperialism and Revolution in the Philippines (Palgrave Macmillan). Overall, San Juan seeks to deploy a historical-materialist perspective in elucidating the dialectical interplay of contradictory forces symbolized in art and diverse cultural texts. In the process, he delineates the contexts of events with the end view of generating revolutionary transformations in the Asian-Pacific islands marked by the prevalence of U.S. imperial hegemony in the global system.
|Paperback Price:||£22.50 / $29.95|
|Release Date:||April 2017|
|Page Extent / Format:||192 pp. / 229 x 152 mm|
1 Filipinas Everywhere: Colonialism, Neocolonial
Domination, and Imperial Terror
2 Globalization and its Vicissitudes
3 Postcolonialism, Uneven Development, Imperialism
4 Critique and Praxis: Edward Said and Antonio Gramsci
5 Pragmaticism and Marxism: Project for a Dialogue
6 Saussure/Peirce: Escaping from the Prison House
7 Kafka and Torture
8 History, Ideology, Utopia: On Photography
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