[Blueboard] Balikbayang Sinta and the Question of National Language/Literature

m baytion alunsina2005 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 6 09:25:53 PHT 2008


Kritika Kultura and the University Press present Dr. E. San Juan Jr in a
lecture-launch on Wednesday, March 12, 2008, from 4.30 to 6 pm, at SEC LEC
B, Science Education Complex, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City.

Dr. San Juan, cultural critic and scholar in the fields of Filipino and
Asian American studies, will speak on the topic, "On the Question of
National
Language/Literature," proceeding from the notion that national literature
cannot be conceived apart from "nation-people" or what may be referred to as
"national-popular."

In contrast to other settings, Europe, for example, where national
literatures arose from a unified language based on a national market ruled
by the bourgeoisie, in the Philippines, Dr. San Juan contends, given a
neocolonial formation, the invention of a national language,
coinciding with the national-democratic struggle for genuine
sovereignty, will be coeval with the emergence of a national
literature. Thus, in Dr. San Juan's view, the promotion of regionalism/
regional literatures and cultures, while praiseworthy in preserving
indigenous forms, can only drain resources from the project of the national
struggle for
true sovereignty, without which a national culture/literature of the
Filipino masses – the workers, peasants and middle strata, including
ethnic communities – would be impossible.

 National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera will lead the discussion
 after what promises to be a thought-provoking lecture.

 An added highlight of the afternoon is the launch of Dr. E. San Juan's
 newest book, *Balikbayang Sinta*. The collection of essays represents his
 recent interventions into cultural studies at this stage of corporate-led
 globalization. *Balikbayang Sinta: An E. San Juan Reader* sums up forty
 years of critical reflection on the burning issues of our time. Professor
 and critic Gary Devilles of the Filipino department will give a commentary
 on the book that is sure to spark debate in both academic and activist
 circles.

 *Balikbayang Sinta *will be available during the lecture at a launching
price, and may
 be ordered from bookstores nationwide and from the Ateneo Press
(02-4265984;
 unipress at admu.edu.ph).



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