About the book:
This book examines how Filipino literature has intervened in the intellectual and popular debates on the historical origins, ascendancy, power, and legitimacy of the elites. Writers like Jose Rizal, Nick Joaquin, Ninotchka Rosca, Miguel Syjuco, and ramon Guillermo are unsparing in their criticism of elite authorship of the Philippines’ past and present woes while seeking to recuperate the critical stance represented by the ilustrado. The book highlights a number of figures–the “middle sector” or “middle element” in Manila and other urban areas, Manila men and musicians, overseas Filipino workers, intellectuals, and Fil-foreigners–whose emergence as social forces points to the ongoing redefinition of the elites and the transformation of Philippine society, politics, and economy.
Publisher: Ateneo de Manila University Press
Publication Date: 2017
Size: 230 x 155mm
About the author:
Caroline Sy Hau is a Chinese-Filipino author known for her work on Filipino culture and literature and for her books The Chinese Question: Ethnicity, Nation and Region In and Beyond the Philippines and Necessary Fictions: Philippine Literature and the Nation, 1946—1980 . She has edited several anthologies : Elite, a literary anthology, Querida and Remembering/Rethinking EDSA.