Monthly Archives: April 2009

BERTOLT BRECHT, THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR, AND THE PHILIPPINE REVOLUTION


BERTOLT BRECHT,     THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR, and REVOLUTION IN THE PHILIPPINES: Reflections on “Senora Carrara’s Rifles” by E. SAN JUAN, Jr. The changeability of the world insists on its contradictoriness.  There is something in things, people, events, which makes … Continue reading

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THE FILIPINA FEMALE GAZE: A review of MARISOL, a film by Hella Wenders


AFTER MOURNING AND MELANCHOLIA, A TESTIMONY TO THE UNCANNY FILIPINA GAZE Or, Anticipating the Revenge of the Balik-bayan Cargo Cult A Review of MARISOL (2009)—a film directed by Hella Wenders; cinematography by Merle Jothe; produced by Barbara Mutschler and Florian … Continue reading

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WHO’S AFRAID OF SLAVOJ ZIZEK IN THE PHILIPPINES? OF LACAN AND FREUD?


ON ZIZEK’S POPULARITY IN DILIMAN, PHILIPPINES, AND THE FREUDIAN SPECTER INVADING THE PHILIPPINES by E. SAN JUAN, Jr. Friends from U.P. Diliman have continually informed me that the most popular author among students and teachers today is Slavoj Zizek, the … Continue reading

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JOSE GARCIA VILLA: REPETITION COMPULSION, TRAUMA, AND THE HAUNTING OF PATRIARCHAL POETICS


JOSE GARCIA VILLA: A POST-MORTEM REPORT (Revised and Expanded) by E. SAN JUAN, Jr. A single motive underlies all my work and defines my intention as a serious artist: the search for the metaphysical meaning of man’s life in the … Continue reading

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WAR AND PEACE IN KINGSTON’S NOVEL, THE FIFTH BOOK OF PEACE (Expanded Version)


DIALECTICS OF AESTHETICS AND POLITICS IN MAXINE HONG KINGSTON’S THE FIFTH BOOK OF PEACE By E. SAN JUAN, Jr. Fellow, W.E.B.Du Bois Institute, Harvard University After the end of the Cold War at the beginning of the new millennium, September … Continue reading

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