[Blueboard] Kritika Kultura Lecture Series 2004
Department of English
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Mon Jan 5 16:24:33 PHT 2004
Kritika Kultura Lecture Series 2004
"Dignity - always dignity: Isolationism vs. Colonialism"
DR. VICTOR BASCARA
University of Wisconsin, Madison
7 January 2004
Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.
De la Costa bldg.
Recent developments in American studies have well established the previously
unacknowledged significance of U.S. colonialism in the Pacific at the turn of
the century. Just as importantly, that scholarship makes a strong case for
that unacknowledgment as perhaps the great amnesia of the American Century.
Much path-breaking research has drawn that occluded history into visibility,
at least for an American Studies with scales before its eyes. This current
ongoing work explores the historical understandings and misunderstandings that
cemented that amnesia, an amnesia that now, with current geopolitical crises
and the overwhelming evidence of American colonialism brought to light by a
generation of revisionism, seems too hard to believe ever could have existed.
Toward tracking the receding of empire in American culture, Dr. Bascara is
examining theperiod in which, for reasons that may be altogether plausible,
American colonialism effectively disappeared. Part of a larger project on
isolationism, the presentation considers how American popular culture texts of
and about the 1920s and 30s, including Frank Capra's Prelude to War (1942),
the adaptation of James M. Cain's Double Indemnity(1936, adapted for film in
1944), and Gene Kelly's Singin' in the Rain (1952). Of particular importance
to the latter two texts is the curious emergence and disappearance of Filipino
Dr. Victor Bascara has been Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin at
Madison (English and Asian American Studies) since 2001. He received his B.A.
University of California at Berkeley (English) 1992; M.A. Berkeley (English)
1994; Ph.D. Columbia University (English and Comparative Literature) 2000. His
book, Unburdening Empire: Asian American Cultural Politics and the Emergence
of United States Imperialism, will be published soon by the University of
Among the courses he has been teaching are "American Literature and
Empire," "Survey of Asian American Literature," "Asian American Cultural
Politics," "Law, Literature, and Critical Race Theory," "Asian Americans and
Popular Culture," "Violence and Legitimation: Comparative Asian American and
African American Studies."
Department of English
School of Humanities
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Road, Loyola Heights,
Quezon City 1108 Metro Manila
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