Lualhati Bautista’s DESAPARECIDOS, Bonifacio, & the Politics of Time–E. SAN JUAN, Jr.


THE PHILIPPINES MATRIX PROJECT

Picasso-Les Demoiselles d'AvignonHISTORY, LITERATURE, AND THE POLITICS OF TIME
[UP VISAYAS TALK Feb 4, 2014]

by E. SAN JUAN, Jr.

1. Any process of reflection on the situation of Filipinos and Philippine society today, post-9/11 and in the midst of intense U.S. surveillance of the world as part of its global war on extremist terrorism, requires sustained historical consciousness. This involves critical self-reflection if we want to intervene in changing our social situation and our everyday lives.

“Historical” implies the passage of time through events from one mode of social relations to another, the past undergoing transformation to produce the next stage of social development, the future.   “Consciousness” implies not just individual self-reflection but a grasp of the milieu and its collective self-awareness, the mentality of the epoch, as well as its manifold determinations.

2. The Yolanda catastrophe disclosed the stage we are in: an entrenchment of the neocolonial formation begun in…

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